OPP join athletes in torch run through Barry’s Bay

Christine Hudder

BARRY’S BAY – As the skies opened up on the afternoon of June 4, so too did the smiles on the faces of athletes making their way through Barry’s Bay.

Law enforcement officers with the Killaloe OPP led a small group of Special Olympians and supporters through Barry’s Bay for the annual torch run.

According to the OPP, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest source of revenue for Special Olympics Ontario, which supports more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Officers with the OPP, Ottawa Police Service, Deep River Police Service and other law enforcement partners, along with local Special Olympians spent June 4 running and walking through communities raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

Locally, the OPP led a walk through Pembroke, then Petawawa, and wrapped up the day in Barry’s Bay.

Athletes collected change along the route as they made their way through town. Money collected throughout the route is specifically placed into program support directly affecting all community Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) programs.

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