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Team of City Employees will Run Nearly 400 Miles

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Athletes in our area are hitting the ground running for nearly four hundred miles.  They're trading in their guns for tennis shoes and starting Wednesday a team of officers will run from Clarkston to Mchord Air Force Base in Tacoma. 

It's all to help raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.  The group of thirteen also includes Kennewick City Attorney John Ziobro and a Benton County prosecutor.  On Tuesday the group accepted a $3,000 check as a donation for the torch run.

They'll take turns running five mile increments for a total of 376 miles.  One participant say it's an exhausting ordeal.

"By the last leg, I swear I'm not going to do it again next year but I've said that every year so far," said Kennewick Police Department Detective Rick Runge. 

Runge said his wife thinks he's crazy for taking on the task, but he says it helps bring attention to Special Olympics athletes in our community.