Law enforcement officers participate in Torch Run in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – From S. Kingshighway at Plants Plus to Banterra Bank on N. Kingshighway, law enforcement officers from all over southeast Missouri participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Monday in Cape Girardeau

The run is dedicated to raising awareness for the Special Olympics.  

Johnny Spencer, patrolman with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, says that the torch run allowed them (law enforcement) to show appreciation to those that overcome challenges every day.  

“Bring awareness to all the diversity and challenges that the athletes go through yearlong so law enforcement throughout the state… choose to run ours. It’s approximately about a four-mile run just to kind of put ourselves through a little bit of stress and challenges just to bring that recognition to like the challenges that athletes overcoming every day,” said Spencer.   

The Law Enforcement Torch Run started in Kansas 40 years ago and has grown. It is now held in all 50 states and even 42 countries around the world. 

The event raises more than $60 million annually.  

Patrick Watson, manager at Missouri Running Company, says it’s great that his company gets to help with the Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

“No matter how people are doing, we just love helping people. Just move forward whether it’s walking or running and it’s just great to see people cross the finish lines of all types,” said Watson.  

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