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Members of Solon Police, Solon Fire and the Law Enforcement Torch Run are ready to accompany Special Olympics athlete Chrissy Motz, in light blue shirt, on the torch run’s five mile leg from Solon to Twinsburg.

Dressed in a light blue shirt that said “Let’s Make Today Awesome,” Chrissy Motz, 29, a Special Olympic athlete from Streetsboro, did just that.

She was part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a prelude to the Special Olympics in Columbus, where law enforcement officers accompany a Special Olympics athlete through their city.

And she had a smile a mile wide from the moment she got out of her mom’s car.

Solon Police and Solon Fire along with Mayor Edward Kraus had the privilege of escorting Ms. Motz through Solon along a 5-mile leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run from Miles Road at SOM Center Road to SOM Center Road in Twinsburg.

And the person who was most excited about all of the support was Ms. Motz herself.

“I am just so excited! I don’t care if it is hot, it’s about the Special Olympics, and I love Special Olympics,” said Ms. Motz, 29.

She said her favorite part of the Special Olympics, outside of her competitions, is seeing the law enforcement officers who come to the state games in Columbus.

“They just make me so happy,” said Ms. Motz.

According to Sgt. Anthony Horvath of Solon Police Department, this was his first time participating in the Torch Run. But he and Patrol Officer Art Milner were providing an escort as bike patrol officers for the event.

“We will escort her through our city and take care of any issues at the intersections,” said Sgt. Horvath. “We like to bring out the bikes for community events like this.”

Michelle Marva, a Solon Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic was also on hand to run along the Special Olympian.

“We are going to make a quick stop at Fire Station 2, where they will spray us down with water, if we are hot, and give us an opportunity for a little break,” she said.

But the Torch Run organizers had that covered, thanks to the state-of-the-art vehicle that accompanies the runners. The vehicle was fully air conditioned and offered a respite for the runners. Part of the tradition of the Torch Run is for participants to sign their name on the vehicle banner. Ms. Motz and her crew added their names. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has been providing escorts, vehicles and fundraising opportunities, since it was founded in 1981.

Ms. Motz said she was planning to take part in two Special Olympics events in Columbus this weekend, the 400 Race/Walk and the 800 Race/Walk. She was definitely getting some run/walk practice during her leg of the Torch Run.

And in the process she made the entire day “awesome” for the Solon community members who were by her side along this leg of her Special Olympics journey.

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