Carry a Torch for Special Olympics at Saturday Run in Batavia

Carry a Torch for Special Olympics at Saturday Run in Batavia

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A pair of pants and some running shoes is probably a good idea, but all you really need to participate in Saturday’s Torch Run to benefit Illinois Special Olympics is this year’s Torch Run T-shirt.

Batavia Sgt. Shawn Mazza is calling all runners to the free event held annually by law enforcers throughout Kane County. Registration for this year’s event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, directly across from the front of the Batavia Police Department, 100 N. Island Center. The run will begin at 9 a.m.

“Come out and support the athletes,” Mazza said. “If you’re not able to run the  five miles, bring your bike and bike along with us! All are welcome: family, friends, neighbors —all you need is this year’s T-shirt.”

The cost of the shirt is $15. A lunch will be provided after the event, which runs each year in conjunction with the “Cop on Top” campaign, which also raises money for Illinois Special Olympics.

“Also, a huge thank you for all the county departments that volunteered and came out for the Cop on Top at Dunkin’ Donuts,” Mazza added. “Over $1,500 was raised for the athletes.”

The run is about 5.3 miles and goes from the Batavia Police Department, down Route 31 to the Geneva Police Department on First Street, then back again to Batavia.
For questions, contact Mazza at or Sue Deuchler at