Christiansburg investigator to join Final Leg of Special Olympics in Austria

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A member of the Christiansburg Police Department will be traveling to Austria to help carry the torch for this year's Special Olympics Winter Games.

Investigator Moe McClanahan has been a part of Special Olympics for 20 years. This year, she's raising money that will stay in Virginia and help get athletes to Austria.

She'll be doing a polar plunge in Austria, where it was -9 degrees Thursday.

If she can hit her $2,500 goal, the Special Olympics will give her a custom torch that she will hang in her office so it can be seen from the streets of Christiansburg.

"Law enforcement around the world, we are considered the guardians of the flame for Special Olympics, and so when it comes to World Games or even our State Games, law enforcement are the ones that carry the torch to the games, so we call that the Final Leg," McClanahan said.

McClanahan is the lone Virginia officer in the Final Leg. She will be joined by officers from 45 other states and nearly 40 other countries. She leaves for Austria on March 7 and will begin the 10-day run on March 9.

"We're trying to educate the community, the importance of Special Olympics, how it can change an athlete's life, and since we're the guardians that's our mission. We're trying to spread it as far as we can reach," McClanahan said.

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