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Officers run for Special Olympics athletes

Posted at 11:40 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 20:29:12-04
Police officers, firefighters, Sheriff's deputies and dozens of other law enforcement agencies teamed up Wednesday to raise money for the Special Olympics.
 
Hundreds of officers participate in the annual Torch Run benefiting the Special Olympics athletes here in Arizona, and similar runs take place across the country in the spring and summer. The run not only helps raise money for the Special Olympics, it also helps raise awareness within the community.
 
The Tucson Police Department started the run Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., and by the end of the day, the torch will be carried all the way up to Pinal County.
 
Along the way, Oro Valley Police and Golder Ranch firefighters carried the Flame of Hope alongside special education students from Canyon del Oro High School.
 
The Pima County Sheriff's Department also participated and were led by Sheriff Chris Nanos. About 200 deputies took part in the 4 mile leg of the run which raised more than $5,800 this year.
 
All of the money raised goes directly to the athletes and their programs here in Arizona.
 
For a link to donate, click HERE.