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Take the Torch to the Trails! Join Clayton Police Friday, May 25 for Special Olympic Torch Run!


Wouldn't it be cool to carry an Olympic Torch? 

Want to join the “Guardians of the Flame” and run with the “Flame of Hope” side by side with local law enforcement?! 

Help Clayton officers light the way for acceptance and inclusion!

The Clayton Police Department is looking for Special Olympians to join us for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, May 25th at 9:30 a.m. 

Run with us or just come out to cheer us on us as we take the flame to Clayton’s greenways! We’ll meet at 9:30 at the Sam’s Branch Greenway trailhead/parking lot at 1358 N O'Neil St, Clayton, NC 27520.  We’ll carry the touch and circle back, ending back at the same location. Special Olympians who would like to participate and be specially recognized should call the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611 or email Anne Abene at

The Clayton Police Department has been supporting the Special Olympics and participating in the Torch Run for 20 years!! Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across North Carolina in the Torch Run Final Leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh.  The 2,000-mile, month-long Torch Run Relay involves more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina. This year the final leg of the torch run will end at Opening Ceremonies, Friday, June 1st at Reynolds Coliseum at NC State – it’s a wonderfully inspiring ceremony that’s worth coming out to support!
The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, T-shirt and hat donations and hosting unique fundraising events such as building sits, polar plunges and glow runs. Through the years, they’ve raised more than $600 million for Special Olympics across the country. 

Help Clayton Police light the way for acceptance and inclusion!  Join us Friday morning, May 25th for this very special event! 

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