Torch run goes through Gardnerville |

Torch run goes through Gardnerville

Staff Reports
Special Olympians gather with DCSO representatives Friday morning in Heritage Park just prior to the start of the Torch Run.
Brad Coman |

The Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Gardnerville on Friday to support the Special Olympics.

“It just seems to get bigger and bigger, it’s great,” said Youth Services Deputy Chris Wiggins.

This is the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s second year participating in the event.

They ran with the Killer Whales Special Olympics aquatic team.

The torch run is the Special Olympics’ biggest fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, with law enforcement volunteers raising $54 million for the program in 2014.

The torch run has raised $500 million since it was created in 1981.

Law enforcement officers from around Nevada have been participating since 1989, spreading awareness for the Special Olympics and creating excitement for the Summer Games.

The Summer Games was held on Saturday in Reno with participants competing in aquatics or track and field.

The run started on May 6 in Lovelock and finished in Washoe County on Friday.

The run in Gardnerville was about 1.4 miles long and started at Gilman Avenue across from Sharkey’s Casino and ended at the DCSO on Water Street in Minden.