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Snapshot: Torch Run Winds Through Kendall County

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics hit Kendall County on Wednesday. Runners were escorted by local police.

On Wednesday, more than 50 runners took to the streets to participate in the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run through Kendall County, to benefit the Illinois Special Olympics. And among them were 22 representatives from local law enforcement, including the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments from , Yorkville and Plano.

The Illinois Torch Run is now in its 26th year. Runners raised more than $2.9 million in 2011, and organizers set a goal of $3 million for this year. (The 2012 fundraising total has not yet been released.)

The Kendall County portion of the run began at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, and ended in Home Town Park in Yorkville.

Runners met up with athletes from the Kendall County Comets Special Olympics team at the intersection of Routes 34 and 47, and were escorted along the route by local law enforcement.

The Flame of Hope, carried by the runners on Wednesday, will eventually make its way to Redbird Stadium in Bloomington/Normal, for the opening ceremonies of the Illinois Special Olympics summer games.

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