Special Olympic athletes joined DRPS members, volunteers and supporters for the 29th Annual Torch Run for Special Olympics this afternoon.
On the South leg of the run, participants travelled from Pickering to Newcastle, making a stop at Regional Headquarters in Whitby for an appreciation lunch.
DRPS CAO Stan MacLellan and Supt. George Dmytruk were on hand to welcome everyone and thank them for doing their part to make this event such a huge a success. "Today is all about supporting Special Olympic athletes in their competitions here at home and around the world," said CAO MacLellan. "Events like the torch run make this possible and we want to thank everyone for their support." CAO MacLellan also thanked the athletes for taking time to come out and carry the "Flame of Hope" alongside volunteers and supporters.
Everyone in attendance enjoyed a pizza lunch thanks to TimeOut Express at Legends Centre. DRPS would also like to thank the following torch run supporters:
C & C Motors - Subaru
Justin's No Frills
Conroy's No Frills
Car Quest Port Perry
VOS Independent Grocer
Region of Durham
TimeOut Express Legends Centre
Durham Region Transit
Garden Street Cafe
All funds raised through Torch Run events are used towards community programs, athlete training and numerous expenses associated with holding the Special Olympics.
Torch Run Participants Head Into Regional Heaquarters in Whitby (JPG file, 827.1K bytes)
CAO MacLellan welcomes the runners (JPG file, 287.3K bytes)
DRPS Torch Run Committee members (JPG file, 230.9K bytes)
Retired Staff Sgt. Karen Moloney addresses the group (JPG file, 261.6K bytes)
Showing off the flag (JPG file, 255.5K bytes)