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Torch Run comes to town next week

ROUSES POINT The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run will return to the village of Rouses Point next week as part of the statewide kick-off to the Special Olympics Summer Games, which will take place at the State University of New York at Binghamton June 12. The two-day run will begin 8 a.m. Thursday, June 5, in Rouses Point on the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge and end for the day in Plattsburgh with a ceremony at City Hall at 1 p.m. The race will continue 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, at the Essex County Sheriffs Department building at 7802 Stowersville Road in the town of Lewis. The race that day will end in Warrensburg in Warren County. The event, now in its 26th year, has grown immensely since it was established, according to Renee Snyder, senior development director for the Special Olympics New York, a nonprofit organization which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Last year, more than $30 million was raised by law enforcement officers for Special Olympics programs across the world, with $500,000 of that amount raised by Special Olympics New York. This years goal for New York State is $1 million. Those interested in registering for the Torch Run or making a donation to Special Olympics New York may contact Bernie Bullis at 701-0474 or Renee Snyder at 388-0790 or via e-mail at rsnyder@nyso.org. More information, including start times for the run, may be learned by calling Snyder or going on-line to www.nyso.org.

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