Law enforcement, community members run in support of Special Olympics Alaska
Hundreds of runners across the state united to support Special Olympics Alaska over the weekend — most of them members of law enforcement.
The 2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive took place in 14 communities across the state including Anchorage, Craig, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Palmer, Nome, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna and Valdez.
"This year marks 50 years of Special Olympics in our great state and 40 years of the incredible relationship between Special Olympics and the men and women of law enforcement in the Last Frontier," said State Director for the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run Jimmy Johnson in a press release promoting the event last week. "This truly is a reason to celebrate and a moment that is only possible due to the amazing people of Alaska who have stepped up to help support the mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and raise vital funds that support the Special Olympics programs statewide."
Anchorage police officers Angelina Fraize and Richard Renwick finished the 5k run with the torch where they started — at the Special Olympics Alaska Jim Balamaci Training Center on Mountain View Drive.
"It was up hills and down hills, but you know we're doing it just to bring that message home to Special Olympics Alaska that law enforcement supports them," Fraize said.
Organizers say their goal was to raise $150,000 to help support Special Olympics programs across the state.
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