The Torchlight Race for the Special Olympics hits the streets of Batavia | Featured Story


BATAVIA — Law enforcement officers walked a route Thursday that took them from the county sheriff’s office to the Arc GLOW GO TO hub on Walnut Street.

Officers were running in support of Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run, hosted by Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Minuto, is a 5-mile course. The event raises awareness for Special Olympics and athletes with disabilities.

Scott, a person from Arc GLOW’s AIM Day empowerment program, helped carry the torch to the finish line and then everyone was treated to a picnic and a chance to visit to officers.

The following people participated in Thursday’s event: Minuto, Detective Kevin Forsyth, Deputy Rachel Diehl, Deputy Jordan Alejandro, Deputy Trevor Sherwood, Deputy Sheriff Bradley Mazur, Police Officer of Batavia Wesley Rissinger, Batavia Police Detective Steve Cronmiller, Genesee County Corrections Officer Austin Davis, Genesee County Corrections Officer Tyler Stewart and retired Gates Police Officer Daniel Perl. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant assisted with traffic. Kyle Krzemien and Batavia Policeman Adam Tucker.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual event held at the Genesee County location of the Arc Chapter since 2005.

“Everyone is looking forward to this day, to support the officers in their awareness of Special Olympics,” said Sandy Konfederath, community relations coordinator for Arc. “The rain certainly didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.”

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