Ohio Law Officers Carry Flame of Hope for Ohio Special Olympians

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - On Thursday, June 27, law enforcement officers from Butler County will be participating in the 27th Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Torch Run was founded in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas and has become the largest grass roots fundraising event of any charity in the world.

In Ohio last year over 2,000 law officers ran from; Cincinnati, Toledo, Ashtabula, Cambridge, Marietta, Athens and Cleveland and as a result of the run and other fundraising events donated almost $600,000 to Ohio Special Olympics.

Local print and electronic media is invited to attend the kick off of the Butler County leg at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Hamilton City / Butler County Building at the corner of High Street and Martin Luther King Blvd in Hamilton.

There will be a short program, and the runners will then be on their way as the Flame of Hope continues its path from Cincinnati, through Hamilton to Middletown, Dayton, Springfield and ultimately Columbus. Here, officers from all six legs will carry the Flame into the Opening Ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games on Friday night, June 28, 2013.

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