Bridge to Bridge Torch Run raises money for Special Olympics

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Bridge to Bridge Torch Run raises money for Special Olympics (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of the community got together with law enforcement over the weekend to support the Special Olympics with the Bridge to Bridge Torch Run.

The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and UNCW Police carried the Flame of Hope, a torch symbolizing courage and celebrates diversity uniting communities.

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They ran for five miles from WPD headquarters to the end of the Riverwalk and the runners say this is only possible thanks to the collaborative effort.

“It helps the community raise funds for our very special Olympians. They can go and participate and just have a great time because it’s those athletes that look forward to this every year. And law enforcement, we just want to give something back. You know, it’s not all about fighting crime. We do care about the community we serve and so we just want to help everybody else make a difference,” said Assistant Chief of Police Jim Varrone.

People pledged $50 in honor of this year being the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics.