Plattsburgh, NY – Law enforcement across the nation took to the streets Friday morning to participate in the Torch Run to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.
The race started at CV-Tech on Military Turnpike and continued to Plattsburgh City Hall. Many agencies participated, including New York State Police B Troop, Plattsburgh City Police, corrections officers, Border Patrol agents, and more.
“Athletes love it because it’s kind of like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics with the torch carrying and all that and it’s a wonderful showcase,” said Mark Brannigan, multi-sport Special Olympics coach.
The run also served as a memorial run for State Trooper Todd Claremont, who died suddenly last January and played an important role in this annual event.
“I miss him very much,” said Major Ruben Oliver. “He was a fitness enthusiast, he loved physical fitness, he would be here today with us, and he had been with us for all the previous years that we passed the torch.”
Assemblyman Billy Jones also attends the event every year and had the following message for law enforcement. “If you ever need inspiration for what you’re doing, just hang out with these great athletes we have here, the Special Olympians. That’s what we’re here for and thank you again for all you do.
Special Olympics events take place throughout the year, including bowling, pétanque and golf. The golf team has just qualified to participate in the national tournament in October.
Funds raised from the evening will go towards equipment, transportation and other expenses necessary for athletes to participate in Special Olympics events.