Midland Police need boost for Special Olympics fundraiser

MIDLAND (WJRT) - (09/13/18) - For the last five years Midland Police have hosted the Top Community Run raising money for Special Olympians. This year they need the community's support to make it a six-peat.

The Midland Community Law Enforcement Torch Run begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Law Enforcement Center parking lot, and ends when participants cross home plate at Dow Diamond.

Money raised will help make it possible for Special Olympians to attend events throughout the year, free of charge.

Police agencies across the state last year brought in more than $1.5 million through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan. They also raise money through polar plunges, tip a cop events and plane pulls.

Currently Midland is trailing an Oakland County team by a couple thousand dollars for the Top Community Run.

"We look at it this way, if Midland inspired some other communities to go out and knock us off the podium so to speak, then we lose, we win. Because all that money they raised goes out to Special Olympic athletes, all goes to the same pot, and that's our goal," said Deputy Chief Rodney Roten with the Midland Police Department.

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