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Special Olympics Torch Run Winds through Oak Forest

Oak Forest police carried the Special Olympics torch along Cicero Avenue, to GiGi's Playhouse on 159th Street.

The smiles couldn't have been much bigger.

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run coasted into GiGi's Playhouse in Oak Forest Tuesday, June 10, to the delight of its regular visitors.

Oak Forest police officers ran a two-mile leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, beginning at the White Castle located at 147th and Cicero, ending at the Playhouse, 5400 W. 159th St.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised nearly $28 million over 27 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination—the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in June in Normal. View list of participating agencies and Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee members.

Check out the Facebook gallery from Gigi's Playhouse.

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