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Police departments across Roanoke, Montgomery County participate in Torch Run

The event benefits the Special Olympics.

June 05, 2012|Brendan King/Alison Parker | WDBJ7 Interns
  • A Torch run for the Special Olympics by police officers from Virginia, Christiansburg, and Blacksburg on Tuesday.
Chris Jenkins/WDBJ7

ROANOKE CO., Va. — We spotted police officers running through the streets Tuesday, but they weren't chasing crime.

It's part of the annual Torch Run for Virginia's Special Olympics.     

Police officers from Roanoke County and Western Virginia Regional Jail ran a mile down Electric Road for the kick off.

One retired officer has participated in the Torch Run since the 80s and is back to show his support.

"It's not so much about the running part, it's about the Olympics," said Walter Eanes, a Torch Run Participant. "If it's a mile or 20 miles, it's for them. It's not for me. I love to support them and try to do what I can to help them."

Officers all over Virginia are selling t-shirts to raise money for the upcoming Summer Games.

The event begins this Saturday in Richmond.

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