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2nd annual Beat the Heat go-kart event is coming up

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A day of go-kart racing and raising money for a great organization -- what's better than that?

On Sunday June 1st, the
Mishawaka, New Carlisle, South Bend, and St. Joseph County Police Departments will team up for the second annual "Beat the Heat" event.  It's a go-kart race at Michiana Raceway Park (61870 Crumstown Highway in North Liberty) that raises money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits Special Olympics Indiana.

The first of two races will begin at 10am.
There will be a family fun area including face painting, a dunk tank, and a bounce house.  Plus, there will be food for purchase.

Many of the Special Olympic athletes from St. Joseph County will be at the event.  These athletes will be representing our area in the State Games which will be held the following week in Terre Haute. 
"Beat the Heat" is a one-day event in which teams of four to five drivers will compete in a two-hour go-kart race for trophies and prizes.  There are still some team spots available for this event.
Last year's inaugural race raised more than $14,500 for Special Olympics Indiana.  And this year's goal is to raise even more money. 
Each of the departments helping to organize this event will have at least one team of officers competing.  The rest of the field will be made up of teams from the community that wish to come out and test their driving skills against those of local law enforcement.  All equipment and go-karts will be provided by Michiana Raceway Park; however, this is not a professional go-kart race.  It's a day of family fun to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana. 
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was started in 1981 by then Police Chief Richard LaMunyon of Wichita, Kansas.  Chief LaMunyon came up with the idea so that members of law enforcement could raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics in a new and personal way.  It has since raised more than $414 million dollars in 48 countries.

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