We know that you're a community that cares-- our Ashley Bridges spent the morning with a group of our area's strongest...setting out to help those who need it the most, and learning a few lessons along the way.
Aiken law enforcement officers are laced up to run a marathon, but at the end there's no medal. They're running for some other very special athletes who already have medals, like Kaitlyn.
"I swim the 100 meter free and back stroke," she says.
And before the officers hit the pavement for the 26 miles of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, they're running one more mile so Kaitlyn can see the torch and know that it's her lighting the flame under all those sneakers.
"It makes you feel good and instead of running the mile from downtown to here, it's what make you want to go the extra all the way to Lexington County," says Public Safety Officer Marty Sawyer.
Kaitlyn's father, Richard Law, was a law enforcement officer in Scotland before moving to the CSRA.
"It was a long time ago and in a different country, but it reminds me that folks in law enforcement have this innate desire to help people," he says.
Going that extra mile will help these officers through the next 26.
"It provided encouragement for them, it motivated them, and I'm sure they'll be thinking about her every mile," says Lt. Phil Kestin.
And after they've carried the torch 26.2, these officers have learned lessons from Kaitlyn that they'll carry on the job.
"Never give up, there's always hope ahead," says Stewart.
"To keep a positive attitude and deal with what life has provided for you," says Kestin. "They're wonderful people, very enthusiastic, and have a much better view of life than the rest of us do."
The funds raised in the Law Enforcement Torch Run support Special Olympians in South Carolina--it helps fund the games and supplies for those athletes. Officers say they were winners today getting to see Kaitlyn's smile.
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