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Torch run returns to GH for first time in a decade

Becky Vargo • Aug 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Michigan returns to Grand Haven next month for the first time in 10 years.

It will take place Sept. 12. A community run will be held in conjunction with the event the same day.

The 1.5-mile run/walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety building. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Participation is free, but anyone wanting a participant shirt must pay a $25 fee. A different T-shirt will also be available for $10.

Runners and walkers will finish in the Harbourfront Place parking lot, where discounts for local refreshments will be provided.

The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As the state’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate.

In addition, Grand Haven public safety officers will be working a “Tip-a-Cop” event on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Applebee’s in Grand Haven. This is an effort to raise money for Special Olympics and to raise awareness for the Grand Haven event, according to GHDPS officer Nichole Hudson, organizer of the local events.

Hudson is a participant on the law enforcement North Travel Torch Run Team, which will visit 15 community events across the state.

For more information, contact Hudson at [email protected], or go online to www.firstgiving.com/miletr/gh18.

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