The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is the law enforcement community’s way to pay homage to our heroes.
More than 1,500 police officers from departments across the state will volunteer as torchbearers June 3 to 5, running the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" through their towns to pass from department to department on different legs of the journey, ultimately ending in Hartford.
Special Olympics athletes will be running with them, as well. The run leads up to the start of the Special Olympic summer games.
The torch run starts Wednesday, passing through East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Stonington and Waterford for Leg 1 on Wednesday and Griswold, Killingly, Ledyard, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Plainfield, Preston and Putnam for Leg 2. It will end in Hartford on June 5 after passing through several other Connecticut towns.
The annual torch run is a way to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics and "inspire communities to accept and respect people of all abilities," according to a news release from Special Olympics Connecticut.
The Torch Run will take place from June 3-5. It will cover over 530 miles and pass through more than 100 cities and towns.
Click here to find when the flame of hope will be passing you!