For the 26th straight year, local law enforcement agencies came together for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is the largest fundraising effort for the cause in Georgia.
The relay began at the Columbus Civic Center with Fort Benning's 209th Military Police Detachment, continued to the Columbus Public Safety Center where the torch was passed to runners from the Columbus Police Department, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, and the Marshal's Office. About 25 runners representing those agencies ran north on Second Avenue and finished their portion of the relay at the Lake Oliver Marina.
The torch relay will have traveled 1,000 miles across the state of Georgia before it makes its way to the opening of the Special Olympics on Friday May, 18th at Emory University. This year's goal is to raise over $700,000. There are currently 24, 740 active athletes in the state of Georgia with intellectual disabilities.