Cpl. Mo Beyhagi (right) carried the torch for the first leg of the annual Langley Torch Run For Special Olympics. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Special Olympians run with Langley Mounties

Officers took part in the annual fundraising torch run that helps fund the games.

Decked out in green and blue shirts, Langley Mounties and local Special Olympics athletes headed out for their annual fundraising torch run on Tuesday afternoon.

“Very excited,” Langley organizer Cpl. Mo Beyhagi said of the mood as more than 25 officers prepared to run. “We’ve got good support from our members in fundraising.”

This is Beyhagi’s second year organizing the Langley run, which covers 3.5 kilometres and includes a nice climb up the hill on Fraser Highway from 216th Street back to the detachment.

Running with the officers were half a dozen Special Olympians.

The Special Olympics are sporting competitions for athletes with cognitive disabilities. Athletes compete locally, nationally, and even internationally in a wide variety of sports.

Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer and Township Mayor Jack Froese both gave the runners a send off speech thanking them for their time and energy towards the cause.