Annual ‘torch run’ set for Tuesday

Fort Frances OPP will be out in force next Tuesday (June 4) for the 16th-annual Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of local Special Olympics.
The annual event will begin at 6 p.m. at McDonald’s. Participants can walk, bicycle, or roller-blade with the group along a route to Safeway.
Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Pledge forms can be picked up at the local OPP detachment, co-ordinator Cst. Tammy Hyatt noted Thursday morning.
“Come out and enjoy the run and support our local athletes,” she added.
All funds raised will go towards local Special Olympics, which involves more than 50 athletes.
“It’s very important to support these athletes who are so eager to go out there and participate in the Special Olympics,” Cst. Hyatt remarked.
Local Special Olympics athletes participate in regional, provincial, and national competitions in track and field, softball, five and 10-pin bowling, and swimming in the summer and curling, snowshoeing, and skiing during the winter.
Last year, 7,000 law enforcement runners from across the province ran more than 8,000 km and raised almost $1 million for Special Olympics.
In addition to the run, a charity barbecue will be held at Safeway from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. next Tuesday, with proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
For more info, contact Cst. Hyatt at 274-7777.