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
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.
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 Schools 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 Oregons 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.