Special Olympics Benefits
Presenting a check for $1,300 to benefit Special Olympics are (left) Maj. Larry Mangino, assistant commandant; Maj. Chris Perry, assistant commandant; Michelle Hughes, Rockbridge area coordinator for the Special Olympics; Monika Dickens, office manager; and Daniel Leake, director of Special Olympics for the Shenandoah Region. With them are Hughes’ sons. -- VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.
Torch Run Proceeds Presented
LEXINGTON, Va., July 16, 2013 -- For the fourth year in a row, VMI sponsored a “Torch Run” 10K and half-marathon to benefit Special Olympics on April 7, said Maj. Chris Perry, assistant commandant. This year’s event, which was held at McKethan Park and along the Chessie Trail, raised $1,300. Eighty to 100 runners participated.
Perry said that the amount of money raised has increased every year that the Torch Run has been held. “We’re looking to do it bigger and better next year,” he said. Already, Perry has set a goal of having 150 to 200 runners participate in next year’s run.
The Torch Run takes place while the Special Olympics are being held in Cameron Hall at VMI, an event which has been held at the Institute for the past 10 years. This year’s event brought 350 athletes to post, with cadets acting as officials and referees for the games.