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Global Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 10:00 AM

The Flame of Hope for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games was lit on November 12, 2008 in Athens, Greece, formally launching the Global Law Enforcement Torch Run. In keeping with Olympic tradition, the torch was lit by the sun's rays before embarking on a three-month journey around the world to Idaho, USA, the site of the World Games.

On Jaunary 15, 2009, the Special Olympics Torch arrived in the United States on its way to the World Winter Games. The NYPD Running Club members were invited to carry the torch on one of its first legs in the United States. The torch was lit on the steps of City Hall by our friend, and club member, New York City Sheriff, Lindsay Eason. The run began from there, passing from runner to runner, with a short pause at Ground Zero and the NYC Police Memorial Wall. Afterwards there was a beautiful cremony in the Winter Garden Atrium at the World Financial Center.

Thanks to the Sergeant's Benevolent Association for providing refreshments to all of our runners and guests.

Thanks to all the participants who helped raise more than $7,400 for Special Olympics, and a special thanks to all the runners who braved the extreme low temperatures and steady snow on our run from City Hall to the Police Memorial Wall.

You can also view photos of the event here.

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