Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Partners with Special Olympics for Annual Torch Run

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: July 8-9, 2015



UPDATE (July 9, 2015, 1:52 p.m.):

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detective Chad Kyser talks with local reporters about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year round global event benefiting the Special Olympics.More than 50 Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, and deputies ran in the annual Torch Run through Clackamas County Thursday, July 9. The annual event raises money for the Special Olympics and kicks off the Summer Games on July 11.

This year a record number of participants took part in the run including individuals with the Milwaukie Police Dept., West Linn Police Dept., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a year round campaign in which officers support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by carrying the "Flame of Hope" Torch. Law enforcement supporters attend competitions, participate in medal ceremonies, and raise funds through special events so athletes can participate in the sports they love.

Photos from the run are linked above.

EARLIER (July 8th, 2015, 12:36 p.m.)

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joins law enforcement from across Oregon for the Special Olympics Torch Run to kick off the Special Olympics Summer State Games.

Clackamas County deputies will run along with Special Olympics athletes on Thursday, July 9 as they carry the torch from Milwaukie to Lake Oswego. The relay will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Milwaukie and end in Lake Oswego at 11:30 a.m.

"We are proud to be a part of this great cause, each year we are so touched by the stories of the Special Olympic athletes," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "They inspire us all with their ability to overcome challenges and succeed in life."

More than 900 law enforcement volunteers and Special Olympics Oregon athletes will relay the "Flame of Hope" to the Special Olympics Oregon's Summer State Games. The final destination will be the Games Ceremonies held at the Newberg High School Stadium where 3,000 people will gather to compete on June 11th and 12th.

The schedule for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for July 9 is below.

  • First leg of run: The first leg of the run will end at the Oregon City Shopping Center Starbucks (1900 SE Mcloughlin Blvd Oregon City) at around 10:15 a.m.
  • Second leg of run: Depart Starbucks in Oregon City at 10:30 a.m. with projected arrival at the West Linn Police Department between 10:35-10:45 a.m. From the West Linn Police Department participants will proceed down Hwy 43, through West Linn, and into Lake Oswego.
  • End of run: The Torch Run will conclude in the Starbucks parking lot (47 N. State Street Lake Oswego) at approximately 11:30 a.m.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office