Runners bring the heat

By Brandi Bailey

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM EDT

Johnson City,NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been a long standing relationship. The Special Olympics has worked with law enforcement agencies since 1981.

This year's torch run from Northside Park in the Village of Johnson City to the Johnson City Police Department is dedication to fallen JCPD officer D.W. Smith and New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner.

One local athlete in the Special Olympics led the one mile run while holding the torch.

"I had to run two miles a day just to get ready and to go that extra step so I could work hard and this would be just like a piece of cake for me," runner Julian Paugh said.

State Police and other local law enforcement said they'll continue to be a part of the Special Olympics torch run for years to come.

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