Huron County Law Enforcement Torch Run Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Bob Montgomery photo of commemorative quilt)

21st Year For Huron County Torch Run

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics made its way through Huron County Tuesday.

Acting OPP Staff Sargeant Russ Nesbit coordinated the event for the 21st year. He says the event has grown in several ways over the years.

“I think the awareness has gotten better,” says┬áNesbit. “Torch Run is a common name that people are used to and that’s huge to us. The public awareness is a big part of what we want people to recognize, we’ve gained a lot of notoriety with the sponsors and everything has grown from the beginning to where we are today.”

The Torch Run is a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics.

Nesbit explains, “People go and ask for donors, sponsors to sponsor them on the run and all money goes to Ontario Special Olympics to fund all of the events that happen year round. Between the run, the events, the barbecues, and we also sell t-shirts and do some other fund-raising events, I’m hoping to get maybe in the area of $8,000.”

All that money goes back to Huron County Special Olympics.

Nesbit says they had about 60 Huron County Special Olympic athletes taking part in Tuesday’s run which concluded with lunch at McGee Motors in Goderich.

Huron County Law Enforcement Torch Run Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Bob Montgomery photo of barbeque in Goderich at the end of the run)