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Torch Run 2014

Help fuel the Flame of Hope: Join the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland on June 5 at 9 a.m. in La Plata.

Two routes – a 3.5-mile route for runners and a three-mile route for walkers – will depart Texas Roadhouse located at 103 Drury Drive in La Plata and return there for lunch and other refreshments being provided by the restaurant’s staff and other local businesses, including Chick-fil-A. Registration is not required but participants must purchase a Torch Run T-shirt or hat and arrive at Texas Roadhouse by 8:45 a.m. The Torch Run is suitable for all participation levels from experienced runners to leisurely walkers with children and strollers.

Hundreds of runners and walkers from the CCSO and the community are expected to attend. U.S. Marines from the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head will lead the runners behind a specially selected torch bearer. Special Olympics athletes and their families also take part in the event. Charles County’s Torch Run is one of multiple Torch Runs in Maryland, all of which converge at Towson University in Towson, Md., on Fri., June 6 to light the cauldron at the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

Last year, the CCSO raised more than $25,000 for Special Olympics Maryland and was recognized as selling the most Torch Run T-shirts in Maryland. This year, the Maryland Department of Corrections has challenged the CCSO to a T-shirt sales contest.

“I look forward every year to seeing our community come together for the Torch Run and to support the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland,” said Sheriff Rex W. Coffey. “This event has grown substantially over the years and it gives a true sense of how much our community and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office care.”

Torch Run shirts are $10 and available in sizes from small to XXXL. Dri-Fit shirts are also available for $15. Hats are $10. Contact Sgt. Proctor at 240-299-5207 or proctora@ccso.us to purchase your T-shirt or hat. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, mail it to Charles County Sheriff’s Office/Attention Sgt. Proctor/PO Box 189/La Plata MD 20646 and be sure to indicate your donation is for Special Olympics Maryland. If you are a local business and would like to donate your services or host a fundraiser, contact Sgt. Proctor. For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, visit www.somd.org.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit ccso.us.

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