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Local law enforcement officers lace up to help Special Olympics

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local law enforcement officers did their part to keep the Special Olympics flame burning today by burning off a few calories.

Around 20 officers took part in the 33rd annual torch run to benefit Special Olympics of Wisconsin. The run is part of a year round fundraiser which raised more than $2 million last year. This year, a leg of the torch run will reach more than 30 locations across the state. All of the money goes to help Special Olympics athletes pay for training and competitions, something Wednesday's runners used as motivation.

"Just seeing the impact that it has on the Special Olympics. It's very important to them. To see their reaction, their excitement to have us here supporting them. It's personally rewarding and it has a great impact on our community,” said Matt Rokus of the Eau Claire Police Department.

After starting the run on Eddy Lane in Eau Claire, officers made their way to Allen Park in Chippewa Falls. The next Special Olympics state tournament kicks off Friday in Stevens Point.

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