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May 23, 2011 2:15 PM by Matt Stafford

Pueblo law enforcement running for the Special Olympics

Pueblo, CO May 25, 2011 - Law enforcement officers from the Pueblo Police Department, Pueblo County Sheriff's Department, Colorado Department of Corrections, and the Colorado State Patrol are expected to carry the Special Olympics Colorado torch, the Flame of Hope, through the streets of Pueblo County on May 25, 2011.

Runners will rally at the Red Lobster Restaurant, 3306 N. Elizabeth Street at 12:00 PM, where a short press conference will be held. From there the torch will be relayed to the Pueblo/El Paso County Line where it will be passed on the El Paso County Sheriff's Department and the Fountain Police Department.

It's all part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run?, an international event in which law enforcement personnel to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes. Each year, hundreds of thousands of law enforcement personnel from around the world participate in the signature two-week run, carrying the Special Olympics torch through their communities.

This year more than 1000 law enforcement personnel statewide will participate in Colorado's torch run, May 04-June 02, 2011. The Flame of Hope will travel 1,500 miles through more than two-dozen communities across the state. On Saturday, June 4th, dozens of officers will safely deliver Special Olympics Colorado's Flame of Hope to the University of Northern Colorado and together with Special Olympics athletes will light the cauldron kicking off Special Olympics Colorado's 2011 Summer Games.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run? is sponsored in Colorado by Car Quest and Red Robin Restaurants. Since its inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run? has raised millions of dollars internationally for Special Olympics' valuable sports programs. All 50 states and 30 foreign countries participate in what is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness program for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities, eight years of age or older. This sports program gives opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and share friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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