Law Enforcement Torch Run returns to Perth County

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario. (photo supplied by OPP West Region)

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will be making its way through Perth County Tuesday.

Special Olympians, police officers, family members, friends and community supporters will run and walk together in an effort to increase awareness and raise money for Special Olympics Ontario.

The Torch Run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the McDonald’s in Listowel.  The run will go through Listowel, ending at the Walmart.

Participants will then travel to Mitchell where they will start at the Mitchell OPP detachment, running through Mitchell before ending at Tim Horton’s.

The final leg will start at the traffic lights in Sebringville and finish at the Sebringville OPP detachment. There will be a celebration barbeque at the Sebringville OPP detachment for participants and supporters.

Individuals or businesses can donate to the event Tuesday by cash, or by cheque made payable to “Ontario Special Olympics”.

The Perth County OPP Torch Run Coordinator is Barry Cookson.

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is really a day of inspiration and hope. The courage demonstrated by these athletes, combined with the celebration of diversity uniting our communities everywhere is extremely powerful. I encourage you to join in on this event by coming out to run with the athletes or to cheer them on. Without a doubt you will leave with feelings of joy and inspiration,” said Cookson.

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Torch Run Ontario raised $2.3 million in 2018 for Special Olympics Ontario.