Inspired by local Special Olympic athletes and law-enforcement officers working together, organizers and sponsors of the McLoughlin area’s Summer Celebration have decided to join forces to bring local awareness and community support to the event.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MAP-IT - The annual Special Olympics Torch Run begins on Milwaukie's waterfront and heads down River Road to Oregon City before crossing the Arch Bridge into West Linn.Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, on the Milwaukie waterfront, the public is invited to run or walk with athletes and police officers to help raise money for people with disabilities.

Residents are encouraged to show their support by lining River Road from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. at Oak Grove Boulevard, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Riverside Elementary School, and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at Jennings Lodge Elementary School.

Lew’s Dairy Freeze Cruise-In follows from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Other events in the Summer Celebration include the Trolley Trail Market from 1 to 4 p.m. and Pete’s Lair Anniversary BBQ from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The local segment of the Torch Run travels south through the local neighborhoods via River Road to Oregon City. More than 40 officers and athletes will then carry the torch north via Highway 43 from the West Linn Police Department to Lake Oswego.

Participants are invited to register for the event at to walk or jog behind the torch and/or to donate money to help fund local and state programs by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organized by Milwaukie Police Chief Bob Jordan and Chad Keyser of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, law officers from Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, Canby, Lake Oswego and Clackamas County are giving their time to raise money that will provide uniforms, equipment, transportation, lodging, facilities and competitions for the athletes. Last year in Oregon, the combined effort of nearly 70 agencies participating in the LETR efforts raised more than $650,000.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kan., in 1981. Now a year-round global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in the relay. In Oregon, more than 1,000 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies participate in the Torch Run, Special Olympics Oregon’s largest grass-roots fundraising and public awareness program.

Town & Country Auto Dealerships (on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard) will donate $50 to Special Olympics Clackamas County for every car sold on July 12, 13 and 14. East Side Athletic Clubs will match their contribution.

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