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Torch run raises more than $1,200 for Special Olympics

Among the more than 25 people lined up at the starting line of Thursday morning’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, none were smiling bigger than the five representatives from the Special Olympics: Addy, Jenny, Sam and Sheylene and Teagan.

As the five kids stood front and center for a group photo before the event began, event liaison and Los Alamos Police Commander Oliver Morris asked them how much of the 43-mile run they wanted to do.

He then followed up by asking, “All the way?” to which the kids all nodded in agreement and laughed.

The torch run took the officers from the Los Alamos Justice Center to Jemez Springs, and lasted approximately six hours. In addition to the Los Alamos County officers who participated, two representatives from the Bandelier Rangers also took part.

Morris, who has acted as the event liaison since 2004, said he was pleased with how it turned out.

“I think it went really good, and was a huge success,” Morris said. “We had a really great turnout and raised over $1,200 for Special Olympics.”

He said that the amount of money raised is on par with the totals from previous years, and said that the department will continue to do fundraisers for Special Olympics throughout the remainder of the year.

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