Residents and supporters lined the streets in downtown Port Clinton Sunday, June 22, for the leg of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. This is the third year for the event after a 20 year break in our area. The run went from Jefferson Street Pier, to Fourth Street, Fourth to Madison and ended up at the Knights of Columbus on Perry Street.
14 Special Olympic athletes from Ottawa County participated in the Torch Run along with 5 law enforcement officers and 3 200th Red Horse members. There were also civilians that joined the run along the route.
Supporters included FOPA, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Clinton Police Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard, Boarder Patrol, Larry Hartlaub, Bruce Winters, and Lorraine Croy.
“The FOPA is the biggest support we have had to far,” said Amy Cantu, spokesperson for the Torch Run. “This event couldn’t have happened without Chief Hickman and Mayor Leone. They’ve been unbelievable.”
The Torch Run will conclude Friday in Columbus to start the Ohio Special Olympics State Summer Games.
For more information on the Ohio Special Olympics visit sooh.org.