Running For Special Olympic

By Danielle Krout

Published 06/04 2014 05:47PM

Updated 06/04 2014 07:23PM

CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Officers from across the region took part in the annual Special Olympic PA Law Enforcement Torch Run.

It’s a total of about 150 miles from Pittsburgh to State College and the torch was carried by hand the entire way.

“This is a great cause,” said Officer Mike Kanuch, Johnstown Police.

On Wednesday the torch made its way down Route 22 from ATF officers and was passed over to officers from the Johnstown Police Department and State Police.  Students from Central Cambria High School ran along side the cops.

“They are there every step of the way,” said Kanuch.  “This is great having them involved in this with us.”

‘We cheer everyone on- make sure we are all together,” said Javaunte Neumann, Sophomore.  “It feels great giving back to the community.”

Even the sponsors took part in the run.

“Sheetz is a really big sponsor of Special Olympics,” said Leah Baxter, Sheetz Health & Wellness Coach.  “This our way of being involved in the community and being active.”

As challenging as the run can be for Kanuch and the reset of the officers it’s all worth it knowing what they’re running for.

“We stick it out because it’s for a good cause,” said Kanuch.  “The hills are tough but as you hand off the torch to the next officer it’s a great feeling.”

The torch is expected to make its way to State College Thursday to kick off the Summer Special Olympic Games.

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