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It was a sight to behold, as the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through the streets of King George.
Last Tuesday, over 40 runners (law enforcement, United States Marines, King George County citizens) commemorated the first King George Special Olympics Torch Run by running 3.2 miles from the new King George Sheriff’s Office to the King George Middle School track & field complex. For onlookers it was a memorable experience to witness, photograph, and cheer as the convoy of runners passed their homes and businesses.
More than 2,000 law enforcement officers throughout Virginia were involved last week in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Every year in the month of June, they carry the flame of hope across 1,900 miles to kick off the 2012 Summer Games, at the University of Richmond Robins Center, in Richmond.
The heroic endeavor began in 1986, when law enforcement departments across the state went door-to-door on a daily basis to raise funds to promote the mission of Special Olympics.
Prior to their latest Special Olympics Run, King George law enforcement officials had partnered with Stafford, and Spotsylvania to produce a run that took place along the corridors of Rt. 1, in Fredericksburg.
In the past, King George law enforcement personnel have also participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run with Colonial Beach, and Westmoreland County law enforcement.
Region II Special Olympics Torch Run director, and Caroline Sheriff, Tony Lippa has been a volunteer for the program for nearly 22 years. In front of a captive audience, that included King George County Sheriff Steve Dempsey, and King George deputy Rod Shriver, he gave the opening address for this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run.
After the runners reached their final destination, they joined Special Olympics athletes in a commemorative lap run around the King George Middle School track to finish the event. For information on the Special Olympics Torch Run go online to www.torchrunva.com. .