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Carrying a torch for Olympians

Law enforcement officers from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the Inverness and Crystal River police departments will take part in the 1998 Law Enforcement Torch Run this afternoon.

Proceeds generated by the torch run benefit Florida Special Olympics.

The torch will change hands at the Citrus-Levy county border on U.S. 19 at noon today and then will be brought to Crystal River, where law officers will alternately drive and run the torch through Citrus County.

The annual run, in its 15th year, involves more than 60 counties in a relay run covering more than 1,500 miles. Four routes are run simultaneously, and the torch run will end in West Palm Beach on May 15, where all four torches will arrive.

Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and city officials from Inverness and Crystal River will be on hand to take the torch from the Levy team and escort the torch to Crystal River.

Officers will take turns running the torch through the city limits, from the Crystal River Mall to State Road 44, where the torch will be taken east toward Inverness. They will have until 3:30 p.m. to run and drive the torch through Citrus County, before handing it off to the Sumter County team at the Citrus-Sumter border on SR 44.

Joining the Citrus County contingent will be Jim Miller and his daughter, Kelly, of the Special Olympics.

Through the Special Olympics, the torch run benefits more than 19,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

With other fund-raising events, local law officers plan to sell T-shirts bearing the Special Olympics logo to benefit the Olympians.