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Torch run to benefit Special Olympics stops through Bloomington

A statewide tradition continued in Bloomington Thursday night.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest year-round fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.

They carried the flame of hope from Marion, to Normal, which is actually the longest continuous torch run in Illinois.

The run raises money and brings awareness for the athletes participating in Special Olympics.

“We just run however much you want to run. Whenever people get tired, other people jump out and run. I did like a little over 20 miles,” said Rod Dial with the Logan Correctional Center.

Around 3,000 officers helped carry the flame of hope across the state. They will bring it to the opening ceremony for the summer games Friday night at Hancock Stadium in Normal.


Molly Jirasek

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