Local Law Enforcement Torch Run is Wednesday

Law enforcement officers will park their police cars at the station and trade their uniforms for sneakers as they start running and biking through Kenosha. This isn’t a training camp; it’s the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a movement initiated by officers to raise funds and awareness for the achievements of nearly 1,400 hometown Special Olympics athletes.

Participants include individuals from Kenosha Police Department, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, UW-Parkside Police Department, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, State of WI Dept. of Corrections and the general public. The local Law Enforcement Torch Run event, open to the public, at the Law Enforcement Memorial, between the Civil War and Public museums in Kenosha, on Wednesday, June 6. Registration begins at 5 p.m., Opening Ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. and Torch Run beginning at 5:35 p.m. Follow the Special Olympics Torch through downtown Kenosha and concluding at Somers Fire Station #2, (off of Highway E and Sheridan Road). No fee to participate; however, donations will still be accepted.

Collectively, law enforcement from more than 100 Wisconsin communities will traverse more than 2,000 miles on this intrastate relay. They will all converge in Stevens Point on Thursday, June 7 at the SOWI State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies where together, they will run the Final Leg carrying the torch ignited with the Flame of Hope TM to light the caldron and kick off the Games. On June 8 and 9, nearly 2,000 athletes will participate in soccer, athletics, aquatics, and powerlifting competitions.

The Torch Run is the largest grass-roots fundraising program and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers from the 50 United States, 12 Canadian provinces and territories and 40 nations carry the Flame of Hope in honor of Special Olympics athletes. Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the sixth highest grossing program in the world, raising nearly $2.4 million in 2011 with more than 1,000 registered participants representing 150 law enforcement agencies.

Need more information? Contact Raechel Tudjan, Regional Director of Development Office: 262-598-9507, Ext. 2 or at rtudjan@specialolympicswisconsin.org

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