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Officers, athletes make ‘Torch Run’ to honor Special Olympics

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Athletes, police officers and deputies laced up their shoes for the annual Special Olympics torch run Thursday.

The "Law Enforcement Torch Run" started at Lake Oswego High School, then participants ran through the streets of Lake Oswego and Tigard to Cook Park.

They carried the Special Olympics torch with the flame of hope. The run raises awareness and money for the organization.

Athlete Sam Van Winkle said taking part in Special Olympics was incredibly special to him.

"Special Olympics is important because it gives some of those people who've never had the ability to play sports the ability to do sports and have kind of have that ability to have fun and get out there and do something," he said.

The torch run has six separate legs throughout the state. It will end with the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron at the Summer State Games July 8 at Oregon State University.

For more information on Special Olympics Oregon, visit

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