The annual Law Enforcement Torch run begins next week and some of our local law enforcement officers will be starting in Marietta and might be running through your neighborhood.
"And then we will hit Mcconnelsville and Caldwell at least. Thursday, we run through the GNC workshop in Byesville and then we go through Cambridge and then Zanesville. Friday we go through, Friday's a big day. We hit Newark, Hebron, Thornville and Reynoldsburg," said Sgt. Kay Perkins of the Cambridge Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The torch run was started in 1981 as a way to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and as a way to raise much needed funding. Perkins, who is the leg leader for the 7th District, is so passionate about the event that she traveled to South Korea last January to bring awareness to the country and encourage them to get involved. Officers raise money by having someone sponsor them through donations.
"That's the neat thing about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, it's law enforcement officers and you raise money, you run through communities and every penny that we raise goes to direct support for the Special Olympians."
District 7 starts running on June 26 and will end in Columbus for the start of the Special Olympics summer games on June 28. If you would like to make a donation or sponsor an officer, you can stop by any highway patrol post to do so.