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Virtual Torch Run begins: Help the Special Olympics by taking part

Law Enforcement Torch RunThe Virtual Torch Run begins today, and hundreds of athletes, law enforcement officers and community members will run, bike or walk #1900forSOVA.

Athletes like Tori Martin, who aims to run 60 miles this week for Special Olympics Virginia, are running to inspire other athletes.

“I hope to encourage other athletes to get up and get motivated,” Martin said.

As Martin and others each individually log miles for the nonprofit using the Strava app, they’re also raising much-needed funds for the program, which is facing difficult revenue losses because of COVID-19.

To date, Special Olympics Virginia is $9,000 short of the $60,000 Virtual Torch Run goal.

Want to help? You can still join in by registering for the Virtual Torch Run; registration will be open all week. The $25 registration fee includes a Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt and a printable race bib, designed by Special Olympics Virginia athlete Forest Holbert.

At $75, participants will earn a commemorative Virtual Torch Run medal.

Register today:

After hundreds come together to run #1900forSOVA, celebrate virtually with an Opening Ceremony and Dance, June 13 at 10 a.m.

Watch and rejoice with us at

Whether you walk a mile or run 26.2, your support will help to build a world that supports those who battle social isolation every day. It is a gift for 26,000 athletes who have found a home in Special Olympics. It is a gift of joy and hope.