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Runners and walkers are invited to join the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland at 9 a.m. June 6 in La Plata.

Two routes — a 3.5-mile route for runners and a 3-mile route for walkers — will depart from Texas Roadhouse in La Plata.

Registration is not required, but participants must purchase a Torch Run T-shirt or hat and arrive at Texas Roadhouse by 8:45 a.m. to participate in a group photo. Hundreds of runners and walkers from the sheriff’s office and the community are expected to attend.

U.S. Marines from the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head will lead the runners. Special Olympics athletes and their families also will take part in the event.

Charles County’s Torch Run is one of multiple Torch Runs in Maryland, all of which converge at Towson University on June 7 to light the cauldron at the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games opening ceremony.

Special Olympics Maryland also announced a new initiative this year, Shirts for Soldiers, which allows supporters to purchase a Torch Run T-shirt that will be sent to the Maryland Army National Guard 200th Military Police Company, which recently deployed to Afghanistan, or to other Maryland National Guard units deployed around the world. Those who choose to donate a T-shirt to a soldier also have the opportunity to write a personal note, which will be included with the shirt. Special Olympics Maryland has created a “Thank You” card template, which can be downloaded at www.ccso.us/downloads/ Shirts4SoldiersThanks.pdf.

Torch Run shirts are $10 and available in sizes from small to XXXL. Dri-Fit shirts also are available for $15. Hats are $10. Contact 240-299-5207 or proctora@ccso.us to purchase a T-shirt or hat.

Monetary donations may be mailed to Charles County Sheriff’s Office Attn. Sgt. Proctor, P.O. Box 189, La Plata, MD 20646. Be sure to indicate the donation is for Special Olympics Maryland.