Special Olympics Washington partnered with law enforcement for the first Run with the Cops 5K held up at Lakewood High School on Aug. 3.
The RWTC 5K run/walk was open to all adults and kids who wanted to raise funds for the thousands of Special Olympics athletes from all over the state. In Washington there are currently over 19,500 athletes who are assisted by these programs on their path to compete at all levels.
“It’s community support that helps make our programs successful. It’s more than just supporting them here; they support them in the workplace and in the community. It’s about inclusivity and letting our athletes do what they see other people doing out there on the field and in their day-to-day lives,” said Area Director, Coach and longtime volunteer Punkie Doyle.
The top three male finishers were Nathan Alanis, Jeff Stewart and Daniel Isbelle. Alanis, 36, out of Snohomish, crossed the finish line first with a time of 22:21.4. Stewart, 32, and Isbelle, 32, raced right until the very end as they finished with times of 24:37.7 and 24:38.8, respectively.
The top three female finishers were Debby Zins, Annalise Dusell and Virginia Mosoreti. Zins, 53, was the first female to cross the finish line as she placed sixth overall at 26:58.2. Dusell, 35, came in right behind her in seventh-place, 27:44.0, and Mosoreti, 22, finished in ninth place in 28:14.4.
“It’s critical that the community sees that we’re parents and neighbors just like everybody else. We’re very fortunate to live in a great community here in Snohomish County and as law enforcement we want to give back and support something positive. It’s amazing to see the faces of the athletes that are supported by these events and the happiness that we can help bring makes it all worth it,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Lieutenant Ian Huri.
The event was added this summer as part of the Run with the Cops series that raises money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign associated with Special Olympics Washington. The LETR is an international fundraiser in which law enforcement from all over the country dedicate their time to raise money for the Special Olympics at all levels. In Washington alone, over 2,500 law enforcement volunteers participate in community focused events to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you want to learn about the next Run with the Cops 5K you can visit http://specialolympicswashington.org/run-with-the-cops for any information that you need. If you want to learn more about Special Olympics Washington you can visit their main site at http://specialolympicswashington.org.