Runners from area law enforcement, the city of Albany, the school system, Albany State and special olympians carry the special olympics torch through Albany Friday morning. The five-mile run is a prelude to the state Special Olympics Games which start next week.
ALBANY, Ga. — Usually when cops run, they’re chasing down bad guys.
Friday, a group of area law enforcers went on a five-mile run through Albany alongside some of Albany’s top Special Olympians, hoping to raise money and awareness for some of the area’s most special athletes.
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“We’re out here really just to raise awareness of Special Olympics,” Kristen Caso, spokesperson for the event and the City of Albany’s Recreation and Parks department, said.
Next Friday, athletes from around the state will converge on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta for a three-day competition in various athletic events.
This year, Albany has the honor of having two torch bearers during ceremony.
Friday’s run was a local version of a much larger event going on across the country. Law enforcement from all 50 states and 35 countries carry the “Flame of Hope” in honor of Special Olympic athletes in their neighborhoods.
While the run is a physical event, it’s also a fundraiser, with proceeds from the sale of t-shirts going to help pay for the trip of the local athletes to Atlanta.
In 2012, Law enforcement torch runs around the state raised more than $695,000 for the Special Olympics. In Albany, the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Police Department and the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office raised more than $20,000 in 2012.