Fort McNair was once again the finish line for the 28th Annual Special Olympics DC Torch Run, Sept. 27, 2013.
More than 800 participants ran from the U.S. Capitol to Fort Lesley J. McNair to raise money for the Special Olympics DC. At the finish line runners enjoyed music and a picnic lunch.
"We try to involve as many law enforcement agencies as possible," said Steve Hocker, President/CEO Special Olympics DC. "We've probably sold 1,400 shirts and had about 800 participants that ran."
Special Olympics D.C. is a non profit organization providing quality sports and fitness opportunities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia. These programs enable participants to challenge themselves, lead healthier lives, experience success, and receive positive reinforcement for their efforts.
"This is a fantastic event to support," said Jason Schad, U.S. Border Patrol of Customs and Border Protection. "We are happy to represent on behalf of border and protection."
"It's really cool we're involved," said Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Command Sergeant Major.
"The proceeds go to Special Olympics DC sports programs, health screenings and inclusion programs," said Hocker.
Special Olympics Torch Run has been taking place at Fort McNair since its inception.