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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Special Olympics Torch Run to be hosted by Redwood Falls Police Department

  • The Redwood Falls Police Department (RFPD) hosts the first Redwood Falls Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) 5K on Sept. 28, including a walk/run and obstacle course run to support Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN).
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  • Are you ready to lace up your walking  or running shoes for a great cause?
    The Redwood Falls Police Department (RFPD) is encouraging the community to do just that as it hosts the first Redwood Falls Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) 5K.
    This event includes a walk/run and, for those seeking a challenge, an obstacle course run that joins together people with and without intellectual disabilities to support Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN).
    The Redwood Falls LETR 5K is going to be held Sept. 28 at Alexander Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls.
    Online registration for the walk/run is open through Sept. 27 at noon. On-site registration takes place Sept. 28 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    The walk/run is set to begin at 9 a.m.
    This family friendly 5K walk/run supports more than 7,500 SOMN athletes and allows them to transform themselves into not only extraordinary athletes but also influential individuals.
    According to the Special Olympics, the mission of LETR for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the event grows bigger and better.
    As the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olym-pics, LETR raised more than $42.1 million in 2011. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with more than 142,000 volunteers spanning 48 countries, and raising more than $414 million for the Special Olym-pics movement.
    The run began in 1981, when Wichita, Kan. Police Chief Rich-ard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics.
    He also saw it as an ideal way to get local law enforcement personnel involved with the Special Olympics community.
    For more information or to register, visit redwoodfalls5k.kintera.org, or contact Molly Swanson at molly.swanson@somn.org or (612) 604-1284.

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