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Carrying the torch for NY’s Special Olympics

June 2, 2012
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Four area athletes who will be competing in the Special Olympics of New York in Buffalo this month were joined by members of law enforcement groups Friday in a torch run from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.

Jason Borden, Darick Pickering, Josh Ryan and Jason Borden will all be heading to Buffalo to compete in the Special Olympics, and the quartet got in a little warm-up run as they started the torch on its way between the two villages. They escorted the torch from Riverside Park down Lake Flower Ave, and then members of various law enforcement organizations continued the 10-mile journey to Lake Placid.

The trek from Saranac Lake to the Olympic Village is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. Nearly two dozen torch runs are scheduled to be held across New York State leading up to the Special Olympics in Buffalo being held June 15-17.

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Leaving Riverside Park, Saranac Lake’s Rick Sullivan was the first runner among New York’s Special Olympics athletes to carry the torch during Friday’s run from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

This marks the 26th year that law enforcement officers have carried the torch through communities around the state. In those 26 years, more than $5.2 million has been raised. The culmination of the torch runs will be the lighting of the cauldron in Buffalo on June 15 at the opening ceremonies.

Law-enforcement members involved in Friday's torch run included the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid police departments, Essex County sheriffs, FCI and the New York State Police SORT?teams, state Department of Environmental police and retired police officers.

The torch run began in Saranac Lake just after 9 a.m and was scheduled to arrive in Lake Placid later in the morning.

Local businesses including Flight Line Express, F.O.P. Lodge 999, Adirondack Bank of Lake Placid, Community Bank of Lake Placid, Pan Dolce, Olive Ridley's, Naked Turtle Holding Co., Hannaford of Lake Placid, Howard Johnson Restaurant and Lake Placid Summit Hotel were among sponsors for the run.



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