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Troopers carry a torch for Special Olympics

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT
On their second day of participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, troopers from Illinois State Police District 5, pictured, ran a five-mile leg and passed the torch off in Kankakee County.

JOLIET, Ill. — Across Illinois, law enforcement officers and personnel participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run from June 9-14.

The purpose of this program is to raise money while gaining awareness for the athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Torch Run started in 1986, with five legs and fewer than 100 runners.  Each year the legs increase as the number of runners grows.

On June 12 and 13, Illinois State Troopers and personnel from District 5 in Joliet participated in two legs of the Torch Run.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on June 12, ISP District 5 joined up with Lockport Police Department and Joliet Corrections to run a three-mile leg starting at Airport Road in Romeoville and continuing down Illinois 53 to Caton Farm Road in Crest Hill.

ISP District 5 then continued to their second leg the following day for a five-mile stretch starting at 1:10 p.m. at U.S. 45 and traveling down U.S. 52 before ending one mile south of Will/Kankakee County Road.

On each leg, the runners take turns carrying the torch while running proud for such a worthy cause.

“I am grateful for such dedicated employees of the Illinois State Police,” Commander Captain Bridget Bertrand said.

"They not only risk their lives every day to keep our roadways safe, but they come together with other law enforcement agencies  for such a wonderful and selfless cause. I am proud to have so many ISP District 5 employees that go out of their way to support so many charities throughout the year.”

The Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. Illinois State Police District 5 is proud to be a part of this exciting event and looks forward to continuing this tradition for the upcoming years.

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