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  Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics a Success!

Jun 17, 2014 14:40 ET

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics continues to make its way across the Durham Region. Special Olympics athletes, members of DRP, RCMP, OPG and volunteers made pit stops at Justin’s No Frills, Conroy’s No Frills, and finally at Durham Regional Headquarters for a brief ceremony, followed by a delicious pizza lunch provided by Time Out Express Pizzaville, located in the Legends Centre.

Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief (and runner) Scott Burns, PSB Chair Roger Anderson, Vice President of the DRPA Gary Foxwell, Clarington Mayor Foster, Whitby Mayor Perkins, Scugog Mayor Mercier and Brock Mayor Clayton were all in attendance to show their support. “I would like to thank all of our members, and community partners, who came out today to support the run,” said Chief Martin. “I especially want to congratulate the athletes on their dedication to sport and wish them the best of luck at the upcoming summer games in Vancouver.” The Police Services Board presented a donation of $2,500 and the DRPA donated an additional $1,000, to go along with money already raised throughout the region.

As the athletes left HQ for the remainder of the run, the rain poured down but nothing could dampen their spirits as the Flame of Hope carried on.

Thanks to our sponsors for their support: Durham Region Transit, CNC Motors-Subaru, Justin’s No Frills, Conroy’s No Frills, CarQuest Port Perry, VOS Independent, Region of Durham, Shred It, Time Out Express at Legends Centre, General Motors Centre, Garden St. Café, Versaterm, Zehrs-Uxbridge, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Betty Brite Dry Cleaners.

Additional thanks to Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee Director Giles le Riche, Cst. Paul Hawrychuk, Cst. Marten Wind, Michelle Beaudry, Lynn Leitch, Candace Cross, Susan Gibbs and Vanessa Micielli for organizing the run.

Great job everyone and good luck to our Special Olympics athletes in Vancouver! Bring home some gold!

Below are attached files.
run thumb (JPG file, 31.9K bytes)
Our athletes (JPG file, 416.2K bytes)
Two of our dedicated volunteers (JPG file, 231.4K bytes)
Heading into a pit stop at No Frills in Whitby (JPG file, 4,056.8K bytes)
Posing for a quick group picture before carrying on (JPG file, 186.5K bytes)
Making their way through downtown Whitby (JPG file, 207.6K bytes)
Chief Martin congratulates the athletes  (JPG file, 98.3K bytes)
Chair Anderson presents Giles le Riche with a donation (JPG file, 112.0K bytes)
Deputy Burns accepts a donation from Conroy's No Frills (JPG file, 149.5K bytes)
Our partners from OPG (JPG file, 170.2K bytes)
The athletes get to refuel, thanks to Time Out Express (JPG file, 157.2K bytes)
Arrival at HQ (JPG file, 157.8K bytes)
SO athlete Ryan will be heading to Vancouver to compete this summer (JPG file, 123.3K bytes)
At the peak of the rain, athlete Ryan keeps on running (JPG file, 108.7K bytes)
A few more runners join in the rainy run (JPG file, 239.3K bytes)