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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers traded in their bulletproof vests for running shoes, properly equipped to fight a cause. They ran in the Special Olympics Torch Run. This is happening in cities all over the country this month to kick off the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. CMPD did their part in the Charlotte leg in a thirteen mile run.

Running this half marathon is not for the faint of heart, but there are as many reasons to do it as there are runners on the road. Jason Peetz, a CMPD officer, says the race sparks a flame of hope. His motivation is his two-year-old son.

“This is the second year we've done it, being that he's our special needs son. It's one way we could give back and contribute to the Special Olympics,” he said.

The race squeezed every ounce of energy out of the runners. One of them was John Diggs, who’s hit the pavement in this race every year since 1998. This is his last year before he retires from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will continue making its way through the 2,000-mile, 20-day relay. And while Charlotte’s leg has come to an end, the awareness doesn’t come to stop.


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