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HPD to Light the Way for Special Olympics with Torch Run June 25

Torch Run June 2023

The community is invited to support Hilliard’s first responders and local Special Olympics athletes as they carry the Flame of Hope through Downtown Hilliard.

The City of Hilliard Division of Police will host the Hilliard leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Tuesday, June 25.

The event helps light the way to the 2024 Special Olympics of Ohio Summer Games, held June 28-30 at The Ohio State University.

The local leg of the run will begin after 11 a.m. at Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, and end at the Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway. The route is Norwich Street to Main Street, then to Northwest Parkway.

Community members are encouraged to line the streets to cheer on the runners.

“This is an incredible event we look forward to each year that allows us to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Ohio,” said Hilliard Detective Brandon Long, who is currently the Torch Run’s state director. “Many of the athletes have said the Torch Run is their favorite part of the weekend events, which speaks to the impact our community makes.”

A $30 donation is required to register for the run. Anyone may donate any amount to support a runner.

All the proceeds directly support Special Olympics Ohio athletes, and 80 percent of what the HPD team raises supports the Hilliard Bobcats Special Olympics team, he noted.

Join the team or donate to a runner at

Thank you to Safelite AutoGlass for sponsoring the post-race meal for athletes.

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