Roanoke County law enforcement participate in Special Olympics Virginia’s Annual Torch Run

Law enforcement from across Virginia raise thousands through this event

Local law enforcement hit the pavement with an annual tradition.

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Local law enforcement members are hitting the pavement and lighting the way with an annual tradition.

On Wednesday, the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office took part in the Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia.

Each year, agencies from across the state run, walk and bike a total of 22,000 miles, raising thousands of dollars over the 8-day period.

“It means a lot to us and Special Olympics, to keep officers motivated and raising money, that sort of thing. Just encouraging athletes to get back on the field by us getting back out there,” said Scott Young with the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office.

The Special Olympics Summer Games were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, a series of several one-day competitions will take its place.