On the afternoon of Thursday June 6, more than 130 runners and walkers came out to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC being hosted at the City of Prince George RCMP Detachment.
The 3.5-kilometre walk or run was primarily made up of peace officers, staff and family of various public safety agencies including the BC Sheriffs Service and the Prince George Detachment of the RCMP. Approximately 40 Special Olympic athletes along with coaches, friends and family also participated.
Following the run, the RCMP hosted a public barbecue, social gathering, and 50/50 raffle on Fifth Avenue next to the Detachment. The winner of the 50/50 raffle took home over $1,500.
Including the car wash event at Canadian Tire earlier this month led by Prince George Fire / Rescue, the fund raising efforts exceeded $5,100. All moneys raised will be donated to Special Olympics BC to support athletes from our area.
“This is such a rewarding event to be involved with,” said Insp. Shaun Wright, Operations Officer for the Prince George RCMP, in a news release. “The enthusiasm of these athletes is contagious and makes us all want to help them to achieve their goals in their respective sports.”