By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The eleventh Annual Special Olympics PA Torch Run got underway this morning inside PNC Park!READ MORE: 10 French Bulldogs Worth $60,000 Stolen From Ohio Breeder Found In Michigan
Over the next few days, more than 500 runners will help carry the torch to State College.
Those runners will represent more than 50 law enforcement agencies in Western Pennsylvania, including several from our area.
Our officers ran 2.9 miles this morning, carrying the torch for the @SpecialOlympiPA Summer Games as it makes its way to State College. Our team had 15 officers, joining officers from Castle Shannon, Whitehall, Green Tree & Bethel Park. Thanks to all who participated and donated! pic.twitter.com/fVXEynnphj
— Mt. Lebanon Police (@MtLebanonPolice) June 7, 2021READ MORE: Ross Twp. Police Investigating Vandalism At Denny Park
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“We still wanted to be very symbolic to our commitment to the athletes and show we are here for them, love them, we support them,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said. “And things are moving forward and we’ll all be back together in person soon.”
The torch run ends with the “flame of hope” lighting at the opening ceremonies of this year’s virtual summer games.MORE NEWS: DOJ: 3 More Western Pa. Natives Taken Into Custody In Connection With Capitol Riots
To date, nearly $2.5 million has been raised from law enforcement events in support of 16,000 Pennsylvania athletes.