Special Olympics torch run in Red Deer on Sunday

Local law enforcement officers part of global connection

The Red Deer portion of the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will take place on Sunday.

The tradition of the Final Leg Torch Run is for law enforcement officers representing their community to act as Guardians of the Flame and carry the Special Olympics Torch and Flame of Hope to officially start the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in Medicine Hat.

The 2017 Final Leg run began at the Alberta legislature building on May 16. Presenting sponsor Mr. Lube partnered with the run for its events across Alberta.

In Red Deer, law enforcement members, carrying the Hope Torch, will run a loop starting and ending at the Collicutt Centre. The event is from noon to 3 p.m., with the run starting at 1 p.m.

The Final Leg Run will also take place in Lethbridge on June 28, and Grande Prairie on July 6, and finally in

Medicine Hat on July 7. where the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games taking place July 7 to 9.

Internationally the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraiser and awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers from across Canada, the United States, and 46 other countries participate.

Last year in Alberta, over $467,000 was raised to benefit local programs. Special Olympics Alberta programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities with over 3,000 athletes in more than 140 communities. More information on Special Olympics Alberta is available online at specialolympics.ca/alberta

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