Klamath Falls, Ore. – The first leg of a relay run to raise money for Special Olympics kicked off Thursday morning in Klamath Falls.
Police Chief David Henslee said cops and Special Olympians started the run at 6am., “we’re going to run the torch today from Vets Park here in Klamath Falls to Ashland.”
The first leg of the relay is a 60 mile crossing of the Cascades to Ashland.
Organizer Ashley Allenby says this it the 30th year the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been held in Oregon, “this torch will actually be run all the way up to Newberg throughout the next week and a half.”
“We’re going to hand the torch off to the next leg of the relay.” Explains Chief Henslee. “We’re actually going to hand it off to the Medford Police Department at Albertson’s in Ashland.” Allenby says the run raises awareness, and money for Special Olympics.
“Annually, we raise over $600,000 for the athletes here in Oregon – this is also a huge awareness raising campaign.”
Runners plan to get the torch to Newberg on July 9th for the Special Olympics Summer State Games.
Over the past 30 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $5,500,000 for Special Olympics in Oregon.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.