Law Enforcement in Minot light the way for the Special Olympics of North Dakota


MINOT —  Local law enforcement carried the torch today for a good cause. The annual Torch Run took place today in Minot.

Several law enforcement agencies in Minot are lacing up their shoes to raise money for the Special Olympics. It’s a tradition dating back to 1981.

“We’ve done this way before I started here, and I’ve been here four years, at least.” says Office Jacob Olson

With an escort from the Minot Police Department, about 20 runners set out on a 16-mile run from the Minot Air Force Base to the south end of town.

“They use to do a relay, but now we do it a little differently. Now we just do mile markers and stuff like that.” Officer Olson adds.

The Special Olympics holds a special place in the Officer Jacob Olson’s heart.

He tells us, “I have a daughter that has special needs. She’ll participate in the Special Olympics, in hope, and I hope the program exists. By having these runs and the support, it will always exist.”

To help beat the heat, there was a bus on hand to keep runners cool and give them a break.  

“This allows opportunity for those that only want to run a mile or two, or maybe they want to run more or break it up.” Kevin Wilk says of the bus provided. 

It’s an old tradition for some, and a new one for others — but for everyone, the goal is the same.

“It’s for a great cause. All the proceeds go to the Special Olympics, and they don’t get corporate sponsors or anything else like that, so I think it’s a good partnership with us.” adds Kevin.

This year the Minot Police Department has raised nearly 800 dollars to help support the Special Olympics. 

The Special Olympics State tournament begins tomorrow in Fargo and ends Saturday. 

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