Special Olympics Torch Run coming to the area

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Torch Run

Annapolis Police Chief, Michael Pristoop carries the torch for Special Olympics

Maryland Law Enforcement will host the 28th annual Torch Run from Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, June 6, 2014 in communities across the state to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. More than 2,000 Law Enforcement Officers and Special Olympics athletes will run the Flame of Hope hundreds of miles across the state, culminating at the 44th annual Summer Games Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Towson University.

Since its inception in 1986, the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $25 million for Special Olympics Maryland in support of its mission to provide quality sports training and competition to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Hundreds of law enforcement organizations across Maryland, including the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police will participate alongside thousands of volunteers and Special Olympics Maryland athletes who will compete in the Summer Games at Towson University June 6-8, 2014.

“As the Flame of Hope is lit in the four corners of the state to kick off law enforcement torch run week, Law Enforcement, together with Special Olympics Maryland, will highlight the abilities of the amazing athletes from around the state,” said Captain Danielle Bradshaw-Lee, Maryland Torch Run Director. “When we come together at Towson University on June 6 to kick off Summer Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will help bring awareness to our amazing partners with intellectual disabilities and help reveal champions in all of us.”

June 3 – Anne Arundel County Police Department

Torch Run

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, Special Olympics Events Coordinator Betsy Jiron, an unidentified police officer and Michael Heup Special Olympian prepare for the 2013 Torch Run. (Photo: AACoPD)

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is proud to announce its participation once again in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This is the run’s 28th anniversary in Maryland.

In an effort to help raise money and awareness for the athletes taking part in the Summer Games, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Anne Arundel County Police Officers will be running approximately fifteen miles. Officers will begin at approximately 9 a.m. at the Glen Burnie Town Center and travel along Ritchie Highway through the communities of Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena and Glen Burnie ending at the Naval Academy Bridge at approximately 11:30 a.m.

This year’s Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run Ambassador is once again Special Olympian Michael Heup of Davidsonville, who will be the Guest of Honor for the Anne Arundel County Police run. As ambassador, Michael will represent the entire State of Maryland at the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference this September. Don’t miss your chance to see the exciting Law Enforcement Torch Run. Come out and join us by cheering our runners as the Flame of Hope travels up Ritchie Highway. The torch will ultimately arrive via relay at the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Summer Special Olympics being held at Towson University from June 6-8. Last year’s efforts throughout the year raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics Maryland.

Source: AACoPD

June 4 – Annapolis Police Department, Department of Natural Resources Police

As part of the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run Annapolis police officers will escort the Special Olympics Maryland Torch on Wednesday, June 4 at noon.

The torch will be delivered by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department via boat to Susan Campbell Park at the City Dock. Volunteer officers and Special Olympics athletes will run with the flame from the dock to the World War II Memorial on MD 450 across the Naval Academy bridge, covering a total of 3 ½ miles.

Come out and encourage the runners along the route as they help raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. The torch will travel from the City Dock up Main St, onto Church Cir to West St, making a right on Calvert St then a left onto Rowe Blvd. The runners will turn right onto Taylor Av, left onto Ridgley Av, right on Melvin Av, right on Annapolis St, and then straight to the WWII Memorial. Traffic will be slowed as the runners move through the route together.

The torch will eventually be delivered to Towson University in Towson, Maryland for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games on Friday, June 6th.

Source: Annapolis PD

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