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Richland County Police Run Torch For Special Olympics

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  Original Published: 6/28/2013

The Richland County leg of the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run made its way from the Lexington Avenue Kroger store to Bellville Friday morning.

Special Olympics athlete Danny Barnett of Akron, who will run track and play basketball during this weekends game in Columbus, carried the torch into Mansfield.

About 15 police officers, who raised money for this year's event, made the eight-and-a-half mile journey as the torch makes its way to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.   

Lexington Police Officer Jon Van Houten, who organizes the local leg of the torch run, says the road trip went well and they raised a good sum of money, although he didn't have the final figure.

State Highway Patrol Troopers, sheriff's deputies, and police officers from numerous agencies between Cleveland and Columbus generally raise $500,000 during the Torch Run.

The Ohio Special Olympics is funded solely by donations.

2400 athletes will participate in eleven sports including swimming, track, cycling, gymnastics, power lifting, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

   
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