Seventeen runners from the Sheriff's Office, Fire Department, and Department of Juvenile Justice (District 1) in Whitfield County joined forces for the Special Olympics Torch Run to raise money for the statewide organization.

The runners' journey began at the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Firing Range on Old Prater’s Mill Road, then passed through the student- and teacher-lined parking lots at the two elementary schools on their nearly 10-mile journey to the Murray County line.

Law enforcement officers from across the state participated in 11 legs of the 1,000-mile, two-week torch relay, which all converged at Emory University in Atlanta for the State Summer Games Opening Ceremony on the morning of May 18.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Georgia. This signature event plays a significant role in Special Olympics Georgia’s annual budget.