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“Run With the Cops” event raises money for Washington State Special Olympics

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Deputy Chief Ray Coble (EWPD), Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal (DCSO), Chief Randy Harrison (EWPD) Chief Steve Crown (WPD), Captain Edgar Reinfeld (WPD), and Captain Rob Huss (WSP), along with one of our junior runners. (Image courtesy of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)

On August Saturday, 26, 2017, area law enforcement agencies in Douglas and Chelan counties sponsored a “Run With the Cops” event to raise money and awareness for Washington State Special Olympics.

The event began at the Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee. Runners used the trail across the pedestrian bridge and then ran back across returning to the Fred Meyer. Adults ran a 5K race, and kids had an option of a 2K course.

Police departments all across the country were taking part in large fundraisers through the Law Enforcement Torchlight Program for Special Olympics. Officers from Wenatchee PD, East Wenatchee PD, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol ran with the athletes, their families, and supporters. 

Crowd gathering just before the “Run With the Cops” event on August 26, 2017. (Image courtesy of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal stated that the event was well attended and it was a great opportunity for deputies, officers and troopers to have positive interaction with the public.

“I tip my hat to the officers who actually ran in their gun belts,” Gjesdal said. “Mine tips the scales at 24 pounds, so I opted for traffic control. The organizers, which included many volunteers, did an excellent job managing the event.”

(By Christine Eagar)

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