Olympic torch ignites the start of this year's Special Olympics - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Olympic torch ignites the start of this year's Special Olympics

Posted: Updated:
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

Local law enforcement officers took to the streets of southern Illinois to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, in the 2013 Law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

"It's that smile on their face, and that they are all so happy to see us is just really, really rewarding," says Shelby Counts.

She along with 24 other Criminal Justice Students took part in the run, despite the heat, to kick off the games.

"To be able to give back financially and personally our time and of just completing something like this," says Sarah Stevenson.

Their efforts raised more than $2,000 this year.

Last year, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised almost $3 million dollars statewide, making it the second highest grossing event in the world.

Runners took on 12 miles from Carbondale's City Hall to Marion's Rent One Park.

Some runners say there is always something that keeps them coming back every year.

"Participants after every leg, shake our hands, and it actually shows just how much they appreciate what we do for them," says Salvador Tomas.

The games will start June 14 in Normal, Illinois.

Copyright 2013 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Owners face felony charges after dog attacks teen

    Owners face felony charges after dog attacks teen

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:38:56 GMT
    Two Mississippi County residents face felony charges after a dog attack that left a young girl hospitalized and her mother badly injured, according to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.
    Two Mississippi County residents face felony charges after a dog attack that left a young girl hospitalized and her mother badly injured, according to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.
  • 3 charged with murder of Pemiscot County man

    3 charged with murder of Pemiscot County man

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:43:35 GMT
    Three men have been charged in connection with the death of a Pemiscot County man. Two others face other charges in connection to the case as well.
    Three men have been charged in connection with the death of a Pemiscot County man. Two others face other charges in connection to the case as well.
  • Ex-wife of convicted killer charged with child prostitution

    Ex-wife of convicted killer charged with child prostitution

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:25:19 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-- The former wife of a Region man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young neighborhood girl now faces felony charges herself. Tonya M. Smith, 41, is charged with three counts
    The former wife of a Region man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young neighborhood girl now faces felony charges herself. Tonya M. Smith, 41, is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of causing a child under the age of 13 to view/listen to sexual activity, one count of causing a child over the age of 13 to view/listen to sexual activity, three counts of child enticement and two counts of failure to protect a child.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.