Annual Torch Run coming to Carroll on Wednesday

Local officers participate in statewide Torch Run

In the Western Region, there are 20 legs ran throughout different communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Members of the department and Special Olympians will run through both Wilton and Ridgefield carrying the "Flame of Hope".

According to Special Olympics Washington, almost 2,000 law enforcement personnel are involved in Washington State LETR efforts and their efforts raise over half a million dollars annually for local programs. This Torch Run will begin at the Discovery Center at 11:30 a.m., run 1.75 miles through Niagara Falls, and end in the middle of the Rainbow Bridge promptly at noon. On June 9, City of Richmond officers will run from the Capitol to University of Richmond's Robins Stadium, where they will join athletes to kick off the Summer Games.

In previous years, law enforcement officers carried the torch - known as the Flame of Hope - in relay fashion from the Statehouse south through Topeka and Shawnee County, then through Osage County before handing it off to other officers at Beto Junction, near the Interstate 35 and US-75 highway junction just north of Waverly.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics' single largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.

The official send-off for Special Olympics athletes from the Topeka area will be at 8 a.m. Friday in the east parking lot of TARC, 2701 S.W. Randolph.

Sgt. Johnson said agencies participating in the Whatcom County segments of LETR are Border Patrol, FBI, Ferndale Police Department and Bellingham Police Department.

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