Cherokee Nation marshals Chad McCarter (left) and Buddy Clinton (right) battle the rain during their leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —Cherokee Nation marshals sprinted 25 miles, taking turns Friday handing off a torch in a relay as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games.
The marshals, joining with other law enforcement from Cherokee County, started at Centennial Plaza at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, passed the Cherokee Nation complex on Route 62, and ended at Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson.
“This is just one of the small things we can do to help bring awareness to the Special Olympic athletes,” said Lt. Mike Roach, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service. “They are looking for role models, and they seem to really like those of us in law enforcement roles, so we’re happy to participate with the athletes and organization.”
Earlier this year, the Marshal Service held a “Polar Plunge,” diving into the frigid Illinois River, and raised more than $3,000 for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma to help cover athletes’ rooming and other expenses.
The run will be suspended until May 8, when officers from other participating agencies in Oklahoma will gather in Stillwater, Okla., and run together into Boone Pickens Stadium, signifying the start of the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games.
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