The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Virginia will pass through Northern Virginia Region 6 on Tuesday June 3rd, as runners make their way to Richmond for the Summer Games. We would like to invite YOU, the community, to run with the Law and help support Special Olympics! 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. If you would like participate and run with the Winchester Police Officers you can register at www.torchrunva.com or you can join the pack by meeting on Loudoun Street Tuesday morning at 7:30. We hope to see you there!
Beginning June 3rd at seven points across the Commonwealth, officers will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope more than 1,900 miles across Virginia. On June 6, 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.
Special Olympics uses sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities as a catalyst for social change and a way of creating more unified communities around the world where each person, regardless of ability or disability, is accepted and welcomed, and where every individual contributes to the strength and vibrancy of society as a whole. Special Olympics Virginia Inc. is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.