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By Don Ogle
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Torch Run Draws Strength From Local Participants


Local law enforcement personnel are once again gearing up to support Special Olympics with its annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torn Run.

Each year, the Special Olympics benefits from proceeds raised by Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torn Runs across the state.

Last year, Sidney law enforcement personnel and supporters turned out for what proved the largest Torch Run the state has ever seen. More than 100 walkers and runners turned out for the event, serving notice to the rest of the state that Sidney is a supporter like no other.

This year Lt. Keith Andrew, run coordinator from the Sidney Police Department, hopes the community can again make a strong showing of support.

This year’s Torch Run is scheduled for Next Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

For those able to do so, the full run is about three miles, from Andrew Dr. and Old Post Road near McDonalds to Hickory Square downtown.

But, Andrew said, participants don’t have to try to run the entire course if they want to support the project.

“If you can only run a block, that doesn’t make a difference,” Andrew said. “Just run that last block.”

Andrew said people can also participate riding bikes. For those who start the race and can’t continue at the pace, rest vehicles will be available. The intent is for participants to largely remain together in their show of support.

Registrations are $15 and can be made either at the Cheyenne County Community Center or the Sidney Police Department. Andrew said registrations should be made as soon as possible to get a t-shirt.


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