By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: June 4, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Perfect blue skies greeted roughly two dozen participants during this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics of Virginia Tuesday morning.
Those 24 runners, including Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office’s Cody Wray, KJ Shifflett and Dr. Byron Greenberg made their way along a nearly two-and-a-half mile course in the heart of the Village of Dinwiddie, concluding at the government center. The event is held as a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Virginia, with all proceeds from Tuesday’s run going to the organization.
The torch will make its way throughout the region this week ahead of this weekend’s games in Richmond, where over 1,200 athletes will compete for gold in a number of different competitions on June 7 and 8.
In the lead-up to Tuesday’s torch run, Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Charles Walker talked about the importance of the event and the support from the community. Walker worked along side with Deputy Donna Rice to coordinate the event on behalf of the county sheriff’s office.
“This is a joint effort between Law Enforcement and the Communities to which we serve,” said Sgt. Walker. “It takes great effort to be truly successful. I would like to thank the individuals that have contributed by purchasing T-Shirts, and allowing The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office to hold this event. A Special Thanks to the Region 4 Torch Run Event Board. The Virginia Department of Transportation, The Dinwiddie County School Board, The School Transportation Department, county residents, and the employees of the Dinwiddie Government Complex, have also had a hand in making this event possible, and we thank all of you.”
“We are excited to host a leg of the Torch Run in Dinwiddie County,” said Bill Chavis, Chairman, Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors. “We encourage everyone to come out and support Special Olympics of Virginia, and the great work that they do for people in our communities.”
To learn more about the Special Olympics of Virginia State Games, visit their website at https://specialolympicsva.org/calendar/event/2029.