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Scott, Bondi finish two-mile run for Special Olympics fundraiser



Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater ran two miles to raise money for Special Olympics Florida this morning.

They joined about 100 law enforcement officers, agency heads and disabled people in the final leg of the relay event, which is held in every Florida county and ends in Tallahassee with the passing of a torch to Scott. The relay raised nearly $2 million for Special Olympic competitions.

"I'm not worried about finishing," Scott said before the race, adding that he'd exercised on the elliptical this morning.

Atwater said he wasn't quite as in shape.

"Somewhere around 7th Street I was fading," he said.

Mike Hansen, the head of the Agency of Persons with Disabilities, said he doesn't usually attend the Special Olympics, but he plans to this year.

"I've been an amature athelete most of my life, and I've been a runner most of my life," he said. "I really believe atheletics and exercise are a really important part of everyone's life."

Photo of runners Bondi and Scott, torch in hand.


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:28pm]


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