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More than 200 raise money for Special Olympics

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

More than 200 people dedicated their time and energy to raise money for the Special Olympics in Mid-Michigan.

Thursday, Sept. 15 was the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Walk in Midland.

Officers, student athletes and corporate employees all joined forces to attract the most people and raise the most money for the fourth year in the row.

“Because it’s free of charge for those athletes to attend those games, so our plan is to raise as much money as we can because it costs about $400 an athlete to attend the games,” Deputy Chief Rodney Roten with Midland City Police Department said.

“I’ve been involved in Special Olympics for so long, ever since I was 9- or 10-years-old. It’s been such an honor, especially for us. This is like the biggest Torch Run in Michigan right now. To see all these young athletes coming out, supporting me and my friends, too,” participant Joe Kaczynski said.

“One of my friends, he’s part of the Special Olympics. He does speed skating, he does that sometimes, and he said it was really fun,” participant Brady Rutledge said.

As for another fundraising title, all were hoping to win but given what the effort is for they know that no one can lose.

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