After running through Byesville and Cambridge, the runners ran about a mile through downtown Zanesville and made a stop at the Muskingum County Courthouse where they were met by Special Olympians cheering them on.
"We’ve had several Special Olympians and their families at almost every stop. I think right now, Caldwell was the only one we didn’t have any. But it’s going very well," said Sgt. Kay Perkins of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Sgt.Perkins has individually raised over $3,000 from donations with 100% of the money going to the Special Olympians. She says the past two days there’s been a big turn out with a lot of support. Perkins’ nephew has been participating in the annual run for the past three years and says he’s happy there’s something he can do to help.
"My aunt runs in this area and my mother is a special education teacher. I know how much it means for them to just be able to support special athletes such as them," said Xavier Gress, a runner with the group.
The officers will finish the three-day torch run on Friday as they run through Newark, Thornville, Hebron, Reynoldsburg and will end in Columbus for the start of the Special Olympics summer games.