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Officer Valerie Rodriguez sports the 2019 Torch Run T-Shirt.

On the morning of June 5 Law enforcement personnel and others will lace up their sneakers for the 9 a.m. start of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run from the old elementary school on S. Main St. on route to Greensville Elementary School.

The run is not for law enforcement officers only. Anyone who would like to participate is asked to be at the old elementary school at 8 a.m. to get registered for the event. The Greensville County High School track & field team will be in the field of runners. You don’t have to be a runner to participate.

“You can run, walk skip or crawl,” EPD Officer Valerie Rodriguez said. “There will be two water stations along the way. The Torch Car will lead the runners and there will be police vehicles following the runners.”

The Torch Run is a charity fundraiser for the Special Olympics. One of the best selling items annually is the Torch Run T-shirt. This year the shirts are $15 and are available at the EPD at 310 Budd St. Hats and other Law Enforcement Torch Run items benefiting the Special Olympics are also available.

“Law Enforcement does the run every year to collaborate and support special Olympics and all proceeds go to Special Olympics,” Rodriguez said.

The Emporia Police Department has been a part of a local Torch Run since the early 1980s. The Greensville County Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in the event. Rodriguez said law enforcement officers from Southampton County also usually participate in the Torch Run through Emporia.

The June 5 Torch Run is one of many in the state that culminate in the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games on June 7 and June 8 in Richmond.