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Law Enforcement Torch Run Passes Through Central VA

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More than 2,000 police officers in Virginia joined forces to help a good cause Thursday as the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run to carry the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics came through the Shenandoah Valley and central Virginia.

The seven-day run to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics covers 1,900 miles before arriving with the torch at the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games in Richmond.

"All the money gets used and goes back in to support our athletes at the local level and the state level," said Rick Jeffery, president of Special Olympics Virginia.

The run is something to rally around and be passionate about for officers like Detective Joey Lewis with the Charlottesville Police Department. Trading his traditional uniform for a tutu and a tiara, Lewis was able to rack up about $900.

"We said $500 to see me in a tutu. We got to about $600. We decided to up the ante - $800 for a tiara," he said.

More than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes will take part in the summer games, starting Friday.
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