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Virtual Run raises money for Special Olympics

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/04/2017

Virtual Run raises money for Special Olympics

A fundraiser for the Special Olympics Games this summer helps people with busy schedules or a fear of crowds. The 'Spark the Torch Run 1st Annual Virtual 5K/10K Run' is held any time, any day, anywhere between May 14 through May 21.

The event sponsors are the Merced Police Department and the Merced County Probation Department and it raises money for local Special Olympic athletes who travel to Davis to take part in the annual games.

A virtual run is when a person completes the event on his or her own terms, picking the route, date and start times.

Register for the event online at The cost is $25 and all proceeds go to the athletes. All participants get a 'Spark the Torch' tech shirt. To get a look at the shirt go to or Facebook or Instagram Code3Ink.

For more information contact the race directors, Krista Stokes, 209-631-5678 or Christie Zwart, 209-988-3090.

The two Departments and other local public safety officers will be taking part in the June 14 'Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics' to show support and raise funds for the Special Olympics Games in Davis.

Look for the Facebook event on Code3Ink. Organizers say sweaty selfies are welcome.

For anyone who would like to donate on-line, there is a team page on Steps to navigate the page:

Click 'get involved'

  1. Pick Law Enforcement Torch Run

  2. Click 'learn more and register'

  3. Click 'donate to the Event'

  4. Enter team name ' Merced Police / Merced Probation Chapter

  5. You will be directed to the page and can make an on-line donation

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