XENIA — Local law enforcement participated in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio on Thursday. The event is a fundraiser and awareness tool for Special Olympics.
Officers from Xenia-area law enforcement agencies, including the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Xenia Police Department, participated in the Xenia leg of the run. Other parts of the run went through Centerville, Dayton, Fairborn, Xenia, Yellow Springs and Springfield yesterday.
The statewide run began on June 22 in Sandusky and will conclude today in Columbus at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Today marks the opening of the 2014 State Special Olympics Summer Games, which will run throughout the weekend.
Ohio Torch Run Director Ed Buns called Greene County one of the race’s most recent success stories.
“They just really have done an outstanding job getting very involved and helping out with the program in just a lot of different ways,” he said.
Buns estimated that this year’s run will raise between $120,000 and $150,000 and that those in Greene County had raised $1,000 of those funds.
The Ohio Torch Run began in 1985 with 10 officers in the Cincinnati area and has grown to the 2,000 that Buns estimated were involved in this year’s run.