Blazing a trail to Columbus


Greene County News Report

XENIA — The annual Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run came through Xenia Thursday as the Special Olympics torch makes its way to Columbus.

More than 2,000 officers ran or biked one of five main arteries — originating in Athens, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, and Toledo — or one of several satellite community runs throughout the state. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

Members of the Xenia Police Division, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Highway Patrol and Greene County Prosecutor’s office participated in the run, which has come through Xenia for more than 15 years.

The run will culminate with the final leg coming into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University Friday to pass the “Flame of Hope” to Special Olympics athletes during opening ceremonies. The final leg brings together officers from all parts of Ohio and will leave the State Highway Patrol Academy at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Participants will run 3.2 miles with the torch to the stadium to signify the official start to the 2015 Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.