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GUILFORD COUNTY SHERIFF
400 W. WASHINGTON STREET GREENSBORO, NC 27401 336 641-3694
For immediate release Thursday May 27, 2010
Torch Run Final Leg Tomorrow
8:30 AM, Friday May 28 Boston Market, 5600 W. Friendly Ave Greensboro Runners representing Guilford County Law Enforcement agencies and their supporters will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope across Greensboro tomorrow. This escorted group of around twenty runners will leave Boston Market around 8:30 AM, run east on Friendly Avenue, turn right on Greene Street, right on Washington Street, and finish the 5.9-mile final leg of Guilford County around 10:00 AM at the Melvin Municipal Building. Runners will be identified by the 2010 Torch Run tee shirt. ‘Law Enforcement Torch Run’ is the symbolic name for the year-long effort to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina. The purpose of tomorrow’s (literal) run is simply to raise awareness. Across North Carolina, the Torch Run Final Leg is a 20-day torch relay throughout the state covering 2,000 miles. The Special Olympics Flame of Hope is carried by more than 2,000 law enforcement and corrections officers representing more than 200 agencies across the state, heading towards Raleigh. The Torch Run culminates with the lighting of the cauldron to signify the official opening of Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games next Friday night, June 4, in Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. Regional games, such as held recently at Greensboro’s American Hebrew Academy, served to qualify competitors for the state games. Earlier Guilford County Sheriff Torch Run events this year included the Polar Plunge at Emerald Pointe and Cops On Top at Friendly Center Chick Fil-A. In the most recent fundraising rankings, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is number one in North Carolina, leading N.C. State University Police and Winston-Salem Police in runds raised. http://www.sonc.net/fundraisers/financial_updates.asp AE/BJB ###