ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Members of local law enforcement will be carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope torch tomorrow, May 16, starting at 4 p.m.
Runners will start at the Ithaca Police Department and runners will travel more than three miles to end at Stewart Park at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a time honored tradition of over 30 years, led and orchestrated by the “Guardians of the Flame,” which includes over 6,000 law enforcement personnel from 470 agencies throughout New York State whose ultimate goal is to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Special Olympics New York will host approximately 60 individual Law Enforcement Torch Run events throughout various communities across the state; congregating with local dignitaries, sponsors and celebrities, and making appearances at upcoming regional and local competitions.
"The Law Enforcement Torch Run isn’t just about running with a torch … Our goal has always been to bring awareness to the talents, hopes and dreams of the athletes of Special Olympics,” said June Worden, Retired New York State Police, current Law Enforcement Torch Run State Director of NY and Special Olympics New York Board of Directors member. “Moving forward we hope to unify all athletes, regardless of skill level, to inclusion. In doing so our world will be a better place both on and off the playing fields."
The Law Enforcement Torch Run’s finale premiers at the Opening Ceremonies at Special Olympics New York’s State Summer Games. This year’s State Summer Games are hosted by Siena College in Loudonville, NY on June 15-17, 2018.