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Special Olympics Nevada to hold first ever virtual run

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 17:11:19-04

Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) will hold it’s first-ever “Flame of Hope” virtual run and fundraiser, August 4 through September 12.

Open to the public to participate, the virtual run is a new addition to the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Traditionally, SONV hosts this event that features more than 500 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies throughout the state, alongside SONV athletes, carrying the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope.”

This relay run begins in Boulder City and the torch is passed at various pit-stops in southern Nevada before it makes its way to Reno for the annual Summer Games competition.

This year, SONV’s Summer Games competition was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SONV is asking the community to support its athletes and programs by registering to walk or run a 10k, 5k, or a JR. run between August 2 and September 12. Those interested in supporting this event have the option to bike or swim the same distance in lieu of a walk or run. Participants can log their miles and time by using any fitness tracking device then enter in their miles on the SONV homepage. (sonv.org)

SONV is also encouraging all participants to share photos on social media. On September 4, law enforcement agencies in Southern Nevada will practice social distancing and engage in a traditional relay run.

Northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will participate in a relay run on September 11.

The mission of LETR, is to support SONV through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes. Nevada law enforcement officers fundraise throughout the year, , and have raised more than $3 million for Special Olympics Nevada since 2002.

Last year’s LETR efforts raised nearly $270,000.

Community members interested in participating in this event can register for the virtual run by clicking here.