Cops Pound Streets for Special Olympics

Law Enforcement Torch Run winds through South Side

A 23-mile run benefiting Special Olympics wound through the South Side and some suburbs before ending in Palos Heights on Tuesday.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and other officials took part Tuesday in Leg 5 of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Nearly 3,000 officers will eventually carry the Flame of Hope through thousands of Illinois communities, raising millions of dollars for Special Olympic athletes along the way.

Last year, Leg 5 raised more than $175,000 for the organization.

Since it began in Chicago in 1968, Special Olympics has helped developmentally disabled children and adults take part in athletic events throughout the year.

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