Torch Run for Special Olympics is a go

The 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run. (Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Police Services/ via Twitter).

The Chatham-Kent Law Enforcement Torch Run is still a go.

The annual run will take place on Saturday, September 12 with a couple of different options.

“We’ve offered a virtual run option,” said Cst. Jason Herder. “As well as in consultation with Chatham-Kent Public Health, we’ve got a five and 10-kilometre run that’s also being offered if you would like to run in person.”

The in-person run will take place at the TSI building at St. Clair College in Chatham at 10 a.m.  Herder said they wanted to make sure everyone would be comfortable participating.

“Kind of have the best of both worlds. So we kind of catered to all audiences, and it’s kind of whatever you prefer and you’re most comfortable with, and we will provide that run option for you this year.”

Anyone who wants to do the in-person run is asked to register in advance through Race Roster because the run is limited to 100 people. Plus there will be numerous health and safety measures in place.

“You’ll go through the screening questionnaire, masks on even though we’re outdoors when we’re getting ourselves signed up. We’re going to have everything marked out with the social distance, so six feet separation between the runners.”

Anyone who signs up and completes the virtual run then submits a photo through the Torch Run Facebook page will also receive a t-shirt and medal.

All of the money raised goes to Special Olympics Ontario and the local Special Olympics organization as the athletes get back to training.