Houston, Bibb law enforcement officers join Special Olympics Torch Run

bpurser@macon.comMay 20, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Law enforcement agencies in Houston and Bibb counties are expected to participate in Wednesday’s annual Georgia Special Olympics Torch Run.

The torch run is the nonprofit’s largest, single fundraising event, raising more than $750,000 last year alone, said Autumn Unrein, director of the law enforcement torch run and events for Georgia Special Olympics.

“So it makes a huge impact for our athletes,” Unrein said.

Here is Wednesday’s route:

At 7:30 a.m., Perry police will run the torch from the police department to the Houston County Courthouse along Swift Street to Houston Lake Road to Perry Bypass. At 8 a.m., Houston County sheriff’s deputies will run the torch from Perry Parkway and Houston Lake Road to Houston Lake Road and Ga. 127.

At 9 a.m., Georgia State Patrol troopers will run from Houston Lake Road and Ga. 127 to Houston Lake Road and Feagin Mill Road. The torch will then be passed at 10 a.m. to Warner Robins police officers, who are expected to carry the torch to Houston Lake Road and Watson Boulevard. Runners will then take it down Watson Boulevard to the Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center at 100 Watson Blvd.

At 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Department of Defense police and U.S. Air Force’s 78th Security Forces will run the torch from Ga. 247 onto Robins Air Force Base and exit at the Green Street gate before heading north on Ga. 247 to the Bibb County line. Bibb County sheriff’s deputies are expected to ride the torch to a spot to be determined and run it to the Macon-Bibb County Government Center.

Houston and Bibb law enforcement officers are among hundreds across the state who participate in the 1,000-mile, two-week torch relay. All the relays converge in Atlanta for the summer games opening ceremony, Unrein said.

Warner Robins police are proud to participate in the torch run, Tabitha Clark, public information officer for Warner Robins police, stated in a text.

“We support the organization’s mission to promote self-esteem and that every person is unique and valued,” she said.

The torch run has contributed more than $4 million to Special Olympics athletes in Georgia since its inception in 1987, according to a torch run fact sheet.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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