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Special Olympics athletes, police take part in annual Torch Run

Participants said they hope the run will raise awareness for the Special Olympics program.

Posted: Jun 4, 2019 6:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Local police officers, Special Olympics athletes and others ran in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics on Tuesday.

The run started in Springfield and continued into Eugene, ending at the Valley River Center.

Participants said they hope the run will raise awareness for the Special Olympics program.

Several of the Springfield officers also coach Special Olympics athletes.

"You know we have been coaching for a number of years. I've gotten to know many of the athletes very well, and I see them out and about in the community,” said Springfield Police Chief Richard Lewis. “It's a great relationship to have with the individuals, so it's a chance for me to go out and show my support for the athletes."

The run has been held every year for decades. It has been happening throughout the state and will lead up to the Special Olympics Summer Soccer Invitational at Providence Park June 7.

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