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Sidney set to smash Torch Run Record


Sidney's Torch Run Wednesay is poised to be the biggest in Nebraska history.

Sponsored by Nebraska Law Enforcement, the event creates awareness for and benefits Nebraska Special Olympics, held in Lincoln.

"The largest run in 2012 was in Lincoln had around 70 runners," Lt. Keith Andrew, Sidney Police Department, said. "Right now, we're at 90-some runners. That was our goal from last year, to have the biggest turnout ever."

No other cities have reported a larger turnout so far, Andrew said Monday.

"I thought we were one of the smaller runs. We usually average 30 to 50 runners, depending on the year," he said. "I found out ours is one of the biggest runs already. Now, it's going to be bigger."

Andrew is not surprised by Sidney's generosity.

"When we talked to the Special Olympics and the regional coordinator, I said we'll break the record for you, but you're going to come here from Omaha," he said. "I had a lot of help from some pretty special people in town."

Runners will meet at Sidney McDonald's at Old Post Road and head north on 11th Street.

"We'll have vehicles following," Andrew said, "so if runners get tired they can get in to take a break and get some water and get out to run again."

The event culminates at Hickory Square.

"There will be a great-big picture Special Olympics can put out to Lincoln and Omaha to show we can do it bigger and better," Andrew said.

Supporting Special Olympics is an extension of the police department's mission, Andrew said.

"It comes down to, what makes a cop," he said. "When you're a police officer, you always defend the people who can't defend themselves, for whatever reason, whether it's smaller stature or elderly. I just put this as an extension of what we do every day."

Registration is $15. The Torch Run begins at 6 p.m.

Runners can still register for the event, though only some will receive an official event t-shirt.


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