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Daviess Co. authorities carry the torch in support of the Special Olympics

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Some members of the Daviess County Sheriff's Office were out bright and early in the rain participating in their annual Torch Run. 

During Monday's run, it didn't matter who was the fastest, because the focus was just on raising awareness.

"I was real tired," said Deputy Kenny Burns. "I sat down for a couple minutes, and now my legs feel like jelly. It's hard to stand now," he said. 

But for Deputy Burns, it was all worth it.

This was his first time participating in the Torch Run, which raises awareness for the Special Olympics.

"I like getting involved with Special Olympics, you know? It gives us a chance in law enforcement to give back to the community, and we feel good about helping out," said Deputy Burns. 

Everyone ran a little over 13 miles, from the Daviess and Henderson County line, to the courthouse in downtown Owensboro.

"It sounds easier whenever you say it before the run," said Deputy Burns. "Thirteen miles sounds easier than it is, but once you get running, it's a lot harder."

Of course, having several deputies and the sheriff escorted by patrol cars during their run always draws a few stares.

"They wonder what we're doing that early in the morning and what we're out there for, and then they realize it's for Special Olympics, and they're all for it," said Deputy Gary Klee. "There's honks and cheers...and some we slow traffic down, cause our pace isn't as fast as it could be."

For the runners, it's about perseverance and supporting a good cause.

"One thing I wanted to do when I ran this is I didn't want to give up," said Deputy Burns. "I didn't want to stop running it, and there's a couple times it was tough. I didn't think I was going to make it, but I stuck through it," he said. 

This is the 19th year that the Sheriff's Office has participated in the run.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Special Olympics, contact the Daviess County Sheriff's Office at 270-685-8444. 

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