Supporters of Special Olympics are invited to attend the Law Enforcement Torch Run this Saturday in Allegan.
The community run is the single largest fundraising effort for Special Olympics International, raising funds for the almost 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics in Michigan.
Kim Thorington is organizer of the Allegan Torch Run and says the event has become a tradition in the community. "It's been happening for years, and Allegan became involved three years ago. The donations help with funding sports equipment, uniforms, or any kind of training the athletes may have."
On Saturday, athletes can choose from 24 olympic sports. Thorington says the two main goals of the of the event are to raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate. "We also have Special Olympics athletes who volunteer and help out with the event. It's a way for them to become involved in the community." Organizers are expecting a big crowd with volunteer efforts from many west Michigan police officers.
The Torch Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Allegan Sports Complex. Registration is $25.00 and each runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt.
The event's website can be found HERE.
(Photo courtesy of FirstGiving.com)