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30th-annual Torch Run passes through Lake Oswego

LOPD is among the law-enforcement agencies that participated in the annual event, which raises awareness for Special Olympics Oregon


REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Officers Dawn Pecoraro and Rusty Palmari of the Lake Oswego Police Department wave as they head out on Friday morning's Law Enforcement Torch Run. The 30th-annual event was a benefit for Special Olympics Oregon. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Tammy Richard Cleary, a 1992 graduate of Lake Oswego High School, carries the torch Friday as runners head out on 6-mile leg from LOHS to Cook Park in Tigard. Runners from the Lake Oswego, Milwaukie and West Linn police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office accompanied Special Olympics athletes Friday morning when the 30th-annual Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way from Lake Oswego High School to Cook Park in Tigard.

The event began with a meet-up from 8-9 a.m. at Cook Park. From there, participants were shuttled to LOHS for the start of the run at 10 a.m. The route followed a roughly six-mile course along Boones Ferry Road and through Durham before ending back at Cook Park.

The LOPD had three runners in the group — Officers Dawn Pecoraro and Rusty Palmeri and Det. Lee Ferguson — and the department also provided vehicles to assist runners on the course, according to Lt. Doug Treat.

The torch will eventually make its way to the Newberg High School stadium on Saturday for the start of the Special Olympics Summer State Games. More than 2,000 athletes are expected to compete in the Games, which serve as Oregon's state championships in track & field, bocce, golf and softball. The participants trained in their hometowns for eight weeks prior to the Summer Games and qualified at regional competitions.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Participants Ben Frazier and his daughter Aubrey listen to instructions at Lake Oswego High School, where Friday's leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run began. The public is invited to cheer on the athletes at all of the events and to welcome the final torch runners, who will enter Newberg High School’s stadium (2400 Douglas Ave., Newberg) for a special Games Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday. Many of the runners who participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be in the stadium for what is always an emotional tribute to the athletes.

For more information on the Games, including a complete schedule of events, go to Special Olympics Oregon’s website at www.soor.org. To donate to Special Olympics through the Clackamas County Law Enforcement Torch Run, go to www.firstgiving.com/team/327662.

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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Runners head out from Lake Oswego High School on Friday at the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officers from a variety of police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office accompanied Special Olympics athletes on the 6-mile relay leg.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A motorcycle escort leaves Lake Oswego High School ahead of the runners in the 30th-annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run gather on the steps at Lake Oswego High School for a group picture before the start of their relay leg.