Police officers plan to carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope | SummitDaily.com

Police officers plan to carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope

BRECKENRIDGE – Want to see cops on the run?

More than 30 local law enforcement officers will take to the interstate carrying the Special Olympics Colorado torch Thursday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympic athletes.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of law enforcement personnel from around the world participate in the two-week run, carrying the Special Olympics torch – called the Flame of Hope – through their communities. Summit County law enforcement officers will carry it from the top of Vail Pass east to the Eisenhower Tunnel.

This year more than 600 law enforcement staffers statewide will participate in Colorado’s torch run May 18-31. The torch will travel 1,500 miles through more than two dozen communities across the state. On May 31, dozens of officers will deliver the torch to Colorado State University and, together with Special Olympics athletes, light the cauldron to kick off Special Olympics Colorado’s 2002 Summer Games.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is in its 21st year worldwide. Since its inception, the event has raised millions of dollars internationally for Special Olympics’ sports programs. All 50 states and 30 foreign countries participate in what is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness program for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The program gives opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and share friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The general public can participate in this year’s Torch Run by making a pledge for an officer who is running or by purchasing a Law Enforcement Torch Run medallion for $1 at Conoco stores and other participating retailers. To make a pledge, or to find a store selling icons nearest you, call the Special Olympics Colorado Office at (800) 777-5767, or call Officer Susan Quesada at the Breckenridge Police Department at (970) 453-2941. For more information about Special Olympics Colorado and the Law Enforcement Torch Run visit http://www.specialolympicsco.org.

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