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Local police agencies take part in 30th annual Torch Run to support Special Olympics

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(Photo: Salem Police Department) (Photo: Salem Police Department)

Police agencies across the state have been taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR).

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating its 30th year of supporting the Special Olympics.

This year there will be six separate legs of the Torch Run, and more than 1,000 officers and SOOR athletes will be running throughout the state.

The Torch Run began on June 16, where officers from several Central Oregon agencies and SOOR athletes carried the "Flame of Hope" 17 miles from the Bend Police Department to Sunriver. Then on June 27, officers along the coast and the United States Coast Guard took turns running up Highway 101 from Brookings to Depoe Bay.

Officers from the Klamath Falls and Central Valley area ran the torch 60 miles over the Cascade Range on June 30, then the leg continued on July 5 up the I-5 corridor to Newberg.

The torch then traveled from St. Helens to Scappoose on July 6.

On July 8, more than 300 officers and SOOR athletes from the Portland Metro area ran from Lake Oswego to Cook Park.

Also on July 8, officers from the Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office carried the torch from Jefferson to Newberg.

The Torch Run will end on July 9 when all Law Enforcement Torch Run officials get together for the final torch procession. 

Along with more than 100 officers, athletes and their coaches will walk into the Newberg High School stadium for the Summer State Games Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.

At the end of the ceremonies, the Special Olympics Oregon cauldron will be lit.

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