Local Special Olympics Torch Run fundraisers

Swansea police were among about 3,000 officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will last five days and covers 1,500 miles in IL with the Flame of Hope.

Coles County Sheriff's Office personnel will step in at approximately 2:30 p.m.at City Hall to run the Flame of Hope north on Route 45 to the county line.

As it nears the Gar-Field Eastern District Station - at the intersection of Cardinal Drive and U.S. Route 1, about an hour later - the torch is handed from a police officer to a Special Olympian.

The local runners are scheduled to receive the flaming torch from Bethel police at about 11:30 am near Dodgingtown Market at 57 Dodgingtown Road (Route 302).

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"It is fantastic to see so many law enforcement agencies come together to support Special Olympics BC", said Rick Lucy, Torch Run provincial director and retired Abbotsford Police Department deputy chief.

From June 6 to 9, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes in communities across the Lower Mainland are lacing up their running shoes for the 2017 BC Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games will take place on and around the University of California, Davis campus, with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. June 23.

  • Leroy Wright