Special Olympics Come Through Zanesville

by Audry Kensicki on July 15, 2009

The Special Olympics torch made its way through downtown Zanesville today.

The law enforcement torch run for SpecialOolympics is an annual event. The games are held in Columbus. Sgt. Kay Perkins of the Ohio State Patrol says the torch run isn’t just an Ohio event.

“It’s international, basically a grassroots fundraising for the olympics,” said Perkins. “The neat thing about the law enforcement end of it is every single penny goes to the students and the athletes, not just for the games, but it helps with education, family medical things. We’re not buying reams of paper for the office.”

Perkins says this year’s goal is to raise $250,000 for the Special Olympics. She says with all the support, that goal could be reached.

“In our leg we have law enforcement officers, the special response team, and Cambridge police officers, Geurnsey County Sheriff’s Department and the state patrol,” she said. “They get donations to run. We run one mile at a time, so some of them will jump in and run a couple. We run every single inch from marietta to Columbus.”

Southeastern Ohio is in the District 7 leg of the race, which began in Marietta yesterday.

It passed through Caldwell, Cambridge and Zanesville on it’s way to Columbus.

The Ohio Special Olympics will begin tomorrow.