GREENVILLE — The Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held for the first time in Greenville on Thursday.
The run began when Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to increase awareness of Special Olympics in 1981, according to somi.org/x366.xml.
“He also saw it as an ideal way to involve local law enforcement personnel with the Special Olympic’s community,” the website states. “Thirty years later, that flicker has become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympic athletes worldwide.”
The first Law Enforcement Torch Greenville Community Run will be 11:35 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Greenville Area Community Center. Cost to participate is $25 with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
The run will be a 5K where participants will meet at the community center, be shuttled to Chase Street and Greenville West Drive and run back to the center, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak. Participants are welcome to ride bicycles too.
The registration deadline is today. Registration forms can be picked up at the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post or www.somi.org/x366.xml online. Forms can be returned to Community Service Trooper Kevin Disselkoen at the Lakeview Post, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at (989) 352-8477.
Disselkoen said he hopes to have a successful event that will grow each year.
“It is important for people to participate in the (run) because it raises awareness and funding for the Special Olympics,” Disselkoen said. “It also gets law enforcement and the community connected for a good cause. I think participating in the Greenville Community Run also promotes individual and community wellness while promoting and supporting the Special Olympics of Michigan.”
“Participating in this event provides a wonderful opportunity to support our Special Olympians with the thrill of competition and the benefit of teamwork in accomplishing an objective,” Pousak added. “Sporting activities encourage self-confidence and development and this event provides our Special Olympians with the opportunity to grow in both of those areas.”
Pousak wants to thank those who have given their time and contributions to positively influence the lives of Special Olympians and their families.
“I’ve always believed that we were placed on this earth to help others and this is another opportunity to do just that,” Pousak said.