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Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.

At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of National and World Games.

In 2015, the Flame of Hope was lit from the rays of the sun in Greece, the home of the Olympics and the 2011 World Summer Games. It then travelled across the sea to the United States where it journeyed to communities throughout the country and Southern California, ending at the Opening Ceremony in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Colesium.

Blenheim-based Special Olympics Marlborough runner and graduate Global Messenger, Dale Smit, was selected as the New Zealand athlete for the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
Dale was one of 10 international athletes to be selected; he was also the only person chosen from Asia-Pacific for this prestigious honour. This achievement is no mean feat, as the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council in the United States received 30 nominations for the 10 places. 

Dale was accompanied by Law Enforcement Torch Run New Zealand Charitable Trust Chair and Palmerston North Rural Area Commander Inspector, Mark Harrison. 

Dale Smit shines a light for Special Olympics - Marlborough Express, 13 July 2015

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For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run, contact:

Kathy Gibson

Chief Executive

+64 4 5600 356
+64 27 567 9496

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