Area police officers participate in annual Special Olympics torch run


It was a wet day for a run, but that didn’t keep supporters of the Special Olympics from hitting the road.

Police officers from Joplin, Webb City and Carthage took part in the annual torch run Tuesday morning. The Special Olympics torch is carried from one city to the next as part of the effort to get ready for the yearly contest. Joplin officers kicked off the local leg of the run with a six mile route from South Main Street to North Range Line.

“We tried to outrun the rain and did the best that we can. But it ended up catching up with us and ran in the rain. And a couple of our guys that actually ran the entire distance,” says JPD Chief Matt Stewart.

Dozens of officers took part in the run. The Special Olympics Missouri will kick off May 31st in Springfield.

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