Law Enforcement Support Special Olympics with Torch Run

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. During Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, some of the various police officers in town, got out of their uniforms and put the running shoes on to support the Special Olympics.

The annual Torch Run has been something many look forward to each and every year. Since its inception in the 1980’s the run has been an opportunity for local law enforcement to run with and show their support to the athletes in town.

The 2.3 mile trek began at Scotts Bluff National Monument parking lot and concluded with a picnic. Those who participated also received a shirt to show their continued support of the cause.

Mark Overman said, “The Special Olympics has a special place in our hearts.”

For people like Alena Kennedy and Kaliah Douglas, who will head to Omaha on Wednesday to take part in the State Special Olympics, the torch run is an opportunity to just have fun and enjoy the company of each other.

In total, about 100 local athletes will attend the State Special Olympics.