Jacksonville officers run 13 miles to benefit Special Olympics

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Emergency personnel ran through the streets of Jacksonville on Wednesday for a good cause. 

Jacksonville emergency personnel, marines, and city employees participated in the annual North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The 13-mile run is an effort to raise funds and awareness for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

It’s part of a statewide 15-day race involving more than 2,000 officers. 

Officials carry the Flame of Hope to open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh.

Police Chief Mike Yaniero said he’s been doing this event for more than 20 years.

This is a very important part of our community, it’s very valuable to our community. The athletes love it and we love doing it, said Yaniero.

One participant said the Special Olympics represents perseverance. 

“It symbolizes that anybody can get out there and do something. Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they can’t function, can’t participate,” said runner, Roy Bredahl. 

About 40 people participated in Wednesday’s run.

The event ended at the Richlands Police Department where they passed on the torch to officers.

This is just one of several events held throughout the year to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

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