-Anchorage, AK

On Saturday hundreds gathered in fourteen communities all across the state for the 2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive! 

Anchorage Police and Alaska State Troopers were there to cheer on runners and participate in the fun. 

"We're there to help and support as much as we can, so it's just a good way to give back and help out, that's what it's all about. We're here to serve and protect the community," said Lt. Commander Eric Olsen.  

The communities of Anchorage, Craig, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Palmer, Nome, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, and Valdez took part in the event -all with the goal of raising money for Special Olympics Alaska!

“This year marks 50 years of Special Olympics in our great state and 40 years of the incredible relationship between Special Olympics and the men and women of law enforcement in the Last Frontier. This truly is a reason to celebrate and a moment that is only possible due to the amazing people of Alaska who have stepped up to help support the mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and raise vital funds that support the Special Olympics programs statewide,” said Jimmy Johnson, State Director for the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is the largest simultaneous multi-community running event in Alaska. In total it brought in a whopping $160 thousand, which will help support Special Olympics Alaska programs in communities across the state. 

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