The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Virginia will pass through Northern Virginia Region 6 on Tuesday June 4th, as runners make their way to Richmond for the Summer Games. The Region 6 run will commence at the Old Town Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will pass through several areas including Cork Street, Washington Street, Handley Blvd., and south on Valley Avenue towards Kernstown to the Virginia State Police Barracks. The torch will be passed on to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and carried to the Frederick County/Shenandoah County line.
Beginning June 1 at seven points across the Commonwealth, officers will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope more than 1,900 miles across Virginia. On June 7, Metro Richmond officers will run the last leg from the Capitol to the University of Richmond Robins Center, where they’ll join more than 1,300 athletes and officially open the Summer Games.
In addition to lighting the flame, we’ll also celebrate the fundraising efforts of the more than 2,000 officers involved in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, sponsored by SunTrust and Enterprise and supported by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia Association of Regional Jails and the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Since June 2012, they have raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics, pushing their overall fundraising total to more than $15 million since the Torch Run’s inception in Virginia in 1986.
For more information about the Northern Virginia Region 6 Torch Run route, please see the included schedule or visit www.torchrunva.com. In addition, everyone is invited to cheer on the officers as they make their way through town; media also are invited to join the officers at several water stops along the route. Water stops will take place at various locations on the route.
For more information, please contact Special Olympics Virginia PR Director Holly Claytor at 804-370-7916 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lauren Cummings, spokesperson for the Winchester Police Department at 540-771-7642. For more information on Special Olympics Virginia, visit www.specialolympicsva.org.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) email@example.com