The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will take place on June 4, 5 and 6. Officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” through the towns and cities they serve to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics and inspire communities to accept and respect people of all abilities.
Over 1,500 local law enforcement officers are expected to participate in the Run and cover more than 530 miles for Special Olympics. Spectators are encouraged. Everyone can show their support by cheering on these officers as they pass by and donating in their honor at www.soct.org/torch.
The three-day Run will conclude at Southern Connecticut State University on Friday, June 6, when officers will run a “Final Leg” into Jess Dow Field on campus and be part of Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics Connecticut’s Summer Games weekend, where more than 2,000 athletes are expected to compete at that event. All are invited and there is no fee to attend Opening Ceremonies, set to begin at 7:15 p.m.
The Milford Police hand off the torch to Orange officers on June 6 (usually) between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Residents, shopkeepers and motorists traditionally stop and cheer the officers on as they pass by with the torch.
Orange Live will publish updates one day prior to the torch run.