By CHRIS TOMASSUCCI
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest grassroots fund-raising effort for Special Olympics International.
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Runners participate in the Iron Mountain Law Enforcement Torch Run about half way between the State Police Post and Iron Mountain Police Department.
Michigan's Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 19,620 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan.
The Iron Mountain Community Torch Run Tuesday began at the Michigan State Police Post in Iron Mountain and ended at the Iron Mountain Police Department.
Registration started at 10 a.m., with runners starting their trek at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 50 runners participated.
This year's event drew plenty of supporters, all there helping to raise awareness and funds for athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan.
"This is the best turnout I've had, it's just amazing," Trooper Geno Basanese of the Iron Mountain Post said.
As the largest grass-roots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised over $42.1 million in 2011.
Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with over 142,000 volunteers spanning 48 countries, and raising more than $414 million for the Special Olympics movement.
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