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Law enforcement torch run traverses Ohio

COLUMBUS — The 2013 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics presented by The Kroger Company begins June 21 near Toledo, and continues throughout Ohio through Friday, June 28.

The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest grassroots fundraising program for Special Olympics Ohio and its more than 23,000 participating athletes.

This year more than 2,000 officers — perhaps the largest contingent ever — are set to participate in one of five main legs that originate in Athens, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta and Toledo, or in one of several satellite community legs planned throughout the state.

Both the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police endorse the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run and its various fundraising projects have two goals: To raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Ohio. Last year, the Torch Run raised more than $500,000 while increasing awareness for Special Olympics Ohio athletes.

For more information on Special Olympics Ohio, the 2013 State Summer Games or the Law Enforcement Torch Run, contact Special Olympics Ohio at (614) 239-7050 or visit Special Olympics Ohio at

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