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Torch Run for Special Olympics

Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, is the largest grass roots fund raising program benefiting Special Olympics here in Ohio. This event unites law enforcement agencies and the communities throughout the state – who all work together toward a common goal of raising awareness for Special Olympics Ohio.  In June of each year, law enforcement officers run or ride bikes in one of four planned routes covering the state, and leading to the opening ceremonies in Columbus. Officers pass the torch from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, allowing the various communities watch officers working together with the community, in an effort to reach a common goal.

 Over the last few years, ODRC has become more involved.  ODRC inmate groups have raised funds as part of their community involvement projects.  In 2016, ODRC staff from Adult Parole Authority, Lebanon Correctional, North Central Correctional Complex, and Marion Correctional participated.  Lebanon Correctional not only participated in the Torch Run, but they also participated in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics raising just over $8,700.00 for the Torch Run and Special Olympics here in Ohio.   Last year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised $562,000.00 for Special Olympics here in Ohio.

 If you are interested in participating in 2017, or having your institution involved, please contact Parole Officer Dan Van Vorhis out of the Toledo APA office at (419) 409-0059.  

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