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Local police to run for Special Olympics

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Torch Run has been held here for 22 years

By Sarah Bennett

Rain or shine, local police will run across the county Tuesday as part of the annual Special Olympics’ Torch Run.

Torch Runs have raised money for Kentucky’s Special Olympics for nearly 30 years. A run has been held locally for 22 years, said Darrell Brangers, dispatch supervisor at Elizabethtown Police Department and coordinator of the Hardin County Torch Run.

As many as 25 officers have run in the past, he said, but Brangers remembers making EPD’s 8-mile run with as few as four.

“It started out really small,” said Brangers, who has coordinated the local Torch Run for 12 years.

The run begins at dawn at West Hardin Middle School with officers from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police Post 4, he said.

They hand off to EPD at Central Hardin High School and Elizabethtown officers meet Radcliff Police Department at W.A. Jenkins Road, Brangers said.

Elizabethtown passes the torch to Radcliff between 10:30 and 11 a.m., he said. RPD runs the torch to the north city limits near Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central.

Money raised through sponsors, donations and T-shirt sales is given to the state’s Special Olympics chapter, Brangers said.

As of Wednesday, Elizabethtown had raised about $3,500, he said.

The state games begin with an opening ceremony Friday and run through June 2 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.