Law Enforcement Torch Run raising money for Special Olympics

Posted June 03, 2017

Local law enforcement and the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office will take to the streets of Carroll County as they walk, run and bike to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

This event continues to grow as the single largest fund-raiser for the Illinois Special Olympics.

As law enforcement officers run, each leg will hand off the Flame of Hope to a different agency.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Colleen Stuart said the torch ran began and ended at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas Ave.

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The annual Torch Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 7 with a leg starting from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission in Sykesville and a leg coming from the Mount Airy Fire Department, according to a news release.

Funds raised support Special Olympians participation in the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games at Illinois State University in June.

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. More than $2.1 million was raised a year ago for athletes through LETR fundraisers in NY.

Officers involved in the torch run have raised $1.3 million for Special Olympics since June 2016. Any amount is appreciated and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the Special Olympics Of New Jersey.