Law enforcement raising money, awareness for Special Olympics

Valley City and Jamestown law enforcement personnel joined others from across North Dakota this week in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Dakota.

The Special Olympics’ website reads, “The Torch Run is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions.”

The Special Olympics Summer Games will be held Friday and Saturday in Fargo.

Kathleen Meagher, President of the Special Olympics North Dakota, said that they try to link cities through the run.

“This is a special year because it’s our 40th anniversary,” Meagher said.

Valley City and Jamestown officers met at mile marker 276 at noon on Thursday and then ran to Valley City, where they ended at Valley Meat with a grilled meal.

“Everything went off without a glitch. We have a lot of manpower this year,” State Trooper Jon Skalicky said.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Josh Rude of Jamestown said the event has grown since first starting. “It’s really taking off,” he said.

Open Door Center residents gathered by the Grace Free Lutheran Church to cheer the officers on to the finish line.

Because a large number of ODC residents compete in the Special Olympics, they “wanted to give encouragement and cheer them on,” said Lisa McCulloch, nurse at the ODC.