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Heartland law enforcement officers carry the torch for Special Olympics Illinois

(KFVS) - On Wednesday, June 10, Heartland law enforcement officers took to the roads of southern Illinois to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle for the Special Olympics Illinois.

The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.

Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.

Last year the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised over $3.5 million for the Illinois Special Olympics.

This year, local officers, citizens and Special Olympic athletes ran from City Hall in Carbondale to Rent One Park in Marion, carrying the torch into the stadium prior to the Miners game.

For more information about the Torch Run or to donate contact Sergeant Corey Kemp at 618-457-3200 ext. 454.

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