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Police join in annual Torch Run for special olympic athletes

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Quad City police officers joined in a run for special athletes.

Local police officers laced up their shoes for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

The course of the half-marathon started at Texas Roadhouse and winded through Davenport and Bettendorf. This year was the longest run in the event’s 20-year history.

“It’s just a completely different situation here today,” said Sgt. George Ramos from the Bettendorf Police Department. “You know if you don’t typically train to run long distances it could pose a problem.”

Officers from dozens of nations compete in the annual torch run. According to Special Olympics Iowa, since 2011, over $40-million have been raised for the Special Olympics.