Special Olympic Torch Run parades through Napanee

Special Olympic athletes and volunteers begin the annual Torch Run, starting from Napanee's Conservation Park en route to Giant Tiger. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

Adam Prudhomme
Beaver Staff

A record number of athletes and volunteers turned out for this year’s Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, which saw a contingent of walkers and cyclists travel from Napanee’s Conservation Park to Giant Tiger.

Along the way they carried banners, made plenty of noise and collected funds to help finance their various sporting activities and programs throughout the year.

This year was a particular memorable one for many of the athletes and volunteers.

This year saw the largest number of participants for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

“2018 is truly a year to celebrate, not only for the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Ontario but for our local Community Living as well,” said Carol French, a long time volunteer with Special Olympics. “Both of these organizations strive to enhance the lives of our local citizens with intellectual disabilities by promoting respect and acceptance, inclusion and dignity. This can only be achieved by the commitment and dedication of staff and volunteers.”

Prior to setting out on their march, they paid tribute to one of their own who passed away earlier this year.

“Someone who committed his life to assisting these people in our community was Graham Lane,” said French. “Not only as an employee at Community Living but as a volunteer coach with the Lennox Lightning floor hockey team.”

Members of Lane’s family was on hand to join in the walk as well.

The Torch Run is held in communities across Canada to help raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

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