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Torch Run is May 17 in Eagle County

EAGLE COUNTY — During the month of May every year, hundreds of law enforcement agencies and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games. On the west steps of the Capitol Building in Denver, three flames are unified into a single torch, which will then head down the 16th Street Mall to the Pepsi Center before arriving at its final destination later that week — the host city for Summer Games. Law enforcement agencies across the state host Torch Runs in their own communities.

Eagle County will host its community Torch Run on May 17 starting at 7 a.m. and finishing around 2 p.m. The Eagle County Torch Run begins at the Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum and will go east along Highway 6. There will be transition stations where athletes will transition in along the way through Gypsum, Eagle, Wolcott, Edwards, Avon, Eagle-Vail, Dowd Junction and Vail ending with a celebratory picnic, sponsored by the Four Seasons, in Vail.

This year we would like to ask the community to become involved and run with us. Community participants can sign up to run, walk or ride their bike from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Freedom Park to Nottingham Park or at noon from Lionshead through the Vail Village.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. This year’s Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games will be at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction May 31-June 1.

Support your community by signing up to run, walk or ride your bike with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Police Department, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Greater Eagle Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol 4C Troop, ECO Transit, and Eagle County Special Olympic Athletes.

To sign up go to http://soco.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1108964. This is the direct link for Eagle County Torch Run. If you are registered by May 12, you can pick up your T-shirt on race day. Registrations after May 12 will not guarantee that you will have a shirt on race day but it will be delivered to you later.

For more information, contact Deputy Lisa Vasquez at 970-376-7036 or lisa.vasquez@eaglecounty.us


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