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Bemidji Law Enforcement to Participate in Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Minnesota

The Final Leg runs will take place all across the state of Minnesota the week of June 18-22

Bemidji Minn. — June 13, 2018— Law enforcement personnel representing the Bemidji area will run in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Minnesota on June 18, 2018 beginning at 09:30 a.m. and leaving from the Paul and Babe statutes at the waterfront. They will run through the area handing off the torch as part of the Final Leg, a multi-day event in which law enforcement representatives relay the “Flame of Hope” more than 2,000 miles across Minnesota to the Celebration Ceremonies of Special Olympics Minnesota’s State Summer Games on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The officers are part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Worldwide. Its mission is to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Special Olympics movement worldwide. It began in 1981 in Wichita, Kan. as an opportunity for local officers to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where they live and work. Today, law enforcement from the 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces and territories, and 32 countries carry the “Flame of Hope” as part of the Final Leg in honor of Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world.

The Final Leg is a statewide relay/run event put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN). Officers from different departments and agencies across the state work together to carry the torch and the Flame of Hope more than 800 miles to Summer Games in support of SOMN. The Final Leg runs will take place all across Minnesota the week of June 18-22, cumulating in St. Paul on Friday evening, June 22 at Summer Games Celebration Ceremonies! To get involved or learn more, contact torchrun@somn.org or visit somn.org/finalleg.

The 2018 Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games will be held June 18-22 at the University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. There will be more than 2,400 athletes competing in the games and thousands of family, coaches, volunteers and fans cheering on the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg runners as they run in the “Flame of Hope” into celebration ceremonies. Summer Games is free and open to the public. Special Olympics athletes love to be cheered on while they compete in the sports they love!

If you would like additional information regarding the Bemidji Torch Run Final Leg, please contact Brian Birt at brian.birt@co.beltrami.mn.us AND/OR 218-766-4477.

About Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, Special Olympics. The idea for the Torch Run was to provide local law enforcement officers with an opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where the officers lived and worked. After three successful years in Kansas, Chief LaMunyon presented his idea to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which endorsed Special Olympics as its official charity through the Torch Run.

Law enforcement from all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces and territories and 35 nations carry the Flame of Hope in honor of Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world. The Flame of Hope symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity and the inclusion of all people around the world. The Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. This international program has raised over $600 million to support Special Olympics programs. More than 97,000 law enforcement personnel from thousands of agencies around the world have been Guardians of the Flame and carried the Flame of Hope.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the World. The Minnesota LETR is supported by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police.

About Special Olympics Minnesota

Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

 

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