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Holyoke police, citizens raise money for 'Walk for Autism'

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On Sunday, The Holyoke Police Officers Ball Committee hosted the 5th Annual Holyoke Police Foot Pursuit "Can You Outrun the Law" 5K. The race kicked off at 11 a.m.

The walk benefits the Walk for Autism, a program supporting Holyoke autistic youths and their families.

Because they reached their mark of 100 runners, Captain Matthew Moriarty says they beat their goal of $1,000.

Each year, The Holyoke Police Officers Ball Committee donates to a group that is in need of funding.

"The individuals who finish the race before the very first Holyoke police officer crosses the line, they've outrun the law. And at the end, they get a ribbon with a 'Holyoke Police Officer's' badge," said Moriarty.

The racers were able to walk, run, or ride a bike. Moriarty says the city has a great relationship with the community. 

"We do know that nowadays, there's a little negative outlook on these relations, but it really hasn't affected Holyoke."

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