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How to support the virtual Special Olympics

Posted at 9:09 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 21:09:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Every June, thousands of law enforcement officers carry the "Flame of Hope" 1,900 miles across Virginia leading up to Special Olympics Virginia’s Summer Games. They travel in groups along highways, across bridges and down back roads for 8 days to ensure the Flame arrives in time for the Opening Ceremony.

This year, they need the public's help.

For the first time in Special Olympics Virginia’s history, there will be no Summer Games.

So organizers are asking the community to keep the "Flame of Hope" burning bright for the almost 26,000 Special Olympics athletes in Virginia and run, bike or walk #1900forSOVA.

Anyone can join the Virtual Torch Run, June 8-13 by registering online and can fundraise, earn a medal and log miles anywhere in the state from Monday, June 8 to Saturday, June 13.

The $25 registration fee includes a Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt and a printable race bib, designed by Special Olympics Virginia athlete Forest Holbet. At $75, participants will earn a commemorative Virtual Torch Run medal.

As you log your miles, watch online and come together to not only cover #1900forSOVA, but also raise $25,000 of much-needed funds for the program. Then, on June 13 at 10 am, celebrate with virtually for the Final Mile, Opening Ceremony and Dance.

Whether you walk a mile or run 26.2, the support will help to build a world that supports those who battle social isolation every day.

It is a gift for 25,000+ athletes who have found a home in Special Olympics.

For more information on the Virtual Torch Run, or to highlight a runner in your area, contact Director of Marketing & Outreach Sean Wallach at swallach@specialolympicsva.org. For more information on Special Olympics Virginia, visit specialolympicsva.org