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Flame of Hope Heads to Newberg

By Danielle Craig

ASHLAND, Ore. — A journey across the state is underway, with Special Olympians and police officers running hundreds of miles.

On Monday, the “Flame of Hope” made its way through the Rogue Valley. Four Special Olympians and about 25 officers from Ashland, Medford, Phoenix, and Central Point ran for portions of the law enforcement torch run. Officers from several valley agencies ran sections of the 18 miles between Ashland and Central Point. About two dozen took part to raise awareness and raise hope.

The 270-mile run started in Ashland and ends in Newberg, where the Summer Special Olympics will start. Each runner has contributed money to the cause; last year, the local officers raised about $850.

Over the weekend, some 3,000 Special Olympics athletes, coaches and other volunteers will take part in the games.