Walton County Law Enforcement Runs Special Olympics Torch

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Walton County law enforcement officers gathered at dawn Thursday for a morning workout but this one was special.

"I'm just representing the Florida Highway Patrol, coming out here and supporting our special Olympians" said runner.

The 2013 Florida Special Olympics Torch Run is on its second leg in Walton County.

"Here in Walton County we've really gotten to show and get our participation from the law enforcement community in the past several years we've had a great turnout here. We're just representing Walton County as part of the leg of the torch run" said Florida Corrections Probation Officer Eugene Mims.

Florida Special Olympics representative Laura Collins says seeing community’s support their cause never gets old.

"It's a lot of fun. It's great for me to get out and meet the people who are doing so much work for us who are supporting us so far away from our state office in Clermont Florida. Just to get out and meet everybody who's actually doing the work and carrying this forward for us" said Collins.

"The torch actually started in Century and Escambia County on Tuesday and it's going to virtually cover every county in the state of Florida until it culminates at the opening ceremonies in Orlando in May" said Mims.

The run is more than just a fundraiser.

"It also brings awareness into the community about Special Olympics. The actual athletes that live in the community, the people with intellectual disabilities that participate in our games and just the knowledge that we are a year-round sports training competition” said Collins.

Law Enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies participated in this morning's run.