Monday, May 16, 2016

Torch Run for Special Olympics draws walkers, runners, even a skateboarding Sheriff!

Sheriff Matt Lewis
showing off his skills
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run 5K on Saturday.

The annual Mesa County Sheriff's Office sponsored event raises money for Special Olympics Colorado.
Mesa County Torch Run
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis rode on a paddle skateboard alongside walkers while District Attorney Dan Rubinstein led the pack running the torch.  Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper also joined in on the fun.

Several kids, and athletes couldn't let the Sheriff have all the fun riding a skateboard, so an impromptu skateboarding class also became part of the event! 

Without events like these, Mesa County Sheriff Capt. Don Hendricks says many Special Olympics Athletes wouldn't get the opportunity to participate in the games. 
Skateboard 101

During the month of May every year, hundreds of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games in June.

The summer games are in Grand Junction this year on June 10 - 12.

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