The London Police Department will hold a one-mile fun walk on June 25 to raise money for Special Olympics.
The walk starts at 12:15 p.m. June 25 at Cowling Park on North Main Street in London. Anyone is welcome to participate. Pre-registration is appreciated. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt.
The walk coincides with a multi-day, multi-leg Special Olympics Torch Run by law enforcement personnel from around Ohio. All legs lead to Columbus for opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
London policemen, Columbus policemen, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy employees and other local law enforcement personnel are among those who will run the London section of the Cincinnati-to-Columbus leg. They will make a stop at Cowling Park just prior to the start of the one-mile fun walk.
London Police Chief David Wiseman said his department initiated the fun walk this year for many reasons.
“We had several law enforcement people say theyd like to participate in the torch run but couldnt because they didnt have the time or werent comfortable running that far, he said.
Just as the torch runners do, personnel who choose to walk will donate $25 apiece to Special Olympics. To make the walk even more inclusive, Wiseman opened it up to the community at large.
For Wiseman, the biggest reason for holding the walk is to honor Madison Countys Special Olympics athletes.
“Its a neat way for people to get involved, especially with our local Madison County Tigers as participants in the Games, he said.
Madison County Special Olympics has selected 25 athletes and Unified partners to represent the organization at the Summer Games, to be held June 25-27 on the Ohio State University campus. The athletes are affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The athletes will be at Cowling Park June 25 to cheer on the torch runners and walkers, who will in turn cheer on the Olympians as they head off for competition.
For more information about the one-mile fun walk, contact Jeannie Porter at jpor...@lpdoh.com or Pat Kinman at pkin...@lpdoh.com. Both also can be reached at the London Police Deparment at (740) 852-1414.