ITHACA, N.Y. – A police officer ran with a torch through downtown during the first annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics New York Monday afternoon in Ithaca.
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Officer Kyle Paolangeli carried the torch out of the opening ceremony around 2:45 p.m. in front of the Ithaca Police Department on East Clinton Street.
The “Flame of Hope” is being held by various people for about 12 miles to Taughannock Falls Monday afternoon, officials said. About two dozen law enforcement officials from the IPD, Cornell University Police, state police and other agencies are participating in the run.
It’s one of nine legs happening in the region, said Cassandra Rucker, regional Special Olympics director of development.
She said the event is one of many fundraisers throughout the year that enables 65,000 people with intellectual disabilities to compete free of charge in the Special Olympics New York.