May 13, 2013. The Boone Police Department will be participating in the annual Special Olympic Torch Run on May 16, 2013. This is an event to raise awareness and funding for the North Carolina Special Olympics. The run will start at 10 a.m. at the Boone Police Department. The route will go through App State on Rivers Street and return to the Boone Police Department.
Since 1987 law enforcement officers across the state have worked to raise money for Special Olympics, and last year raised over 1 million dollars through t-shirt sales, corporate donations, and various fundraisers. The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of the annual games. 160 nations around the world participate in the Special Olympics program.
“Many law enforcement officers from Watauga County will run with Special Olympians. We are inviting runners from the Boone area to participate with us to show support and join the fun,” said Boone Police Department Captain Andy Le Beau.
This is not a timed competitive event, although, some of the Special Olympic athletes may set a fast pace. Prior to the run, Special Olympic t-shirts will be available for a $13 donation and a technical material version is available for a $20 donation (as supplies last) at the Boone Police Department.