Officers, Athletes to Participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 31st and June 1st - 2nd

The 37th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will take place across the state on Wednesday, May 31st, Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd. During the Torch Run, law enforcement officers will run through their towns and cities carrying the Special Olympics Torch, with its “Flame of Hope”, and pass it along to neighboring officers at each town line. The Torch Run aims to promote awareness and understanding of Special Olympics, raise funds to support its athletes of all abilities and build excitement around its annual Summer Games which will kick off on June 2nd. To find out more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut, visit and follow Special Olympics Connecticut and the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
More than 1,500 officers are expected to participate in this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run. Among them will be officers from municipal departments and correction facilities, as well as military police and Federal employees, Connecticut State Police and college and university public safety officers. Special Olympics athletes will run alongside them in select towns. 
Torch Run Rallies are scheduled to take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Wednesday, May 31st and Blue Back Square in West Hartford on Thursday, June 1st. Both will begin around 5 p.m. Participating officers will also run a "Final Leg" to Fairfield University, a Summer Games venue, on Friday, June 2nd where they will help light a large cauldron and help celebrate the start of Summer Games.
In addition to participating in the Torch Run, law enforcement officers in many communities are hosting Tip-A-Cop fundraisers at local restaurants, holding coin drops and selling Torch Run "Adopt-A-Mile" signs to fundraise for Special Olympics throughout the month of May and in the months ahead. For a list of upcoming events and activities, visit
Platinum Sponsors of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut include the Bearingstar Insurance Charitable Fund, the Dream Ride Experience, Whelen Engineering and WWE. Gold Sponsors are Adams Hometown Markets and IGA Hometown Supermarkets. Media Sponsors are iHeart Radio Connecticut, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut?provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to10,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners - their teammates without disabilities. Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 190 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for people of all abilities, on and off the playing field. (

Debbie Horne - Director, Communications and Marketing
Special Olympics Connecticut

Partner Sponsors:?Bozzuto's Inc., the Connecticut Elks Association, Enterprise, ESPN, Eversource, The Hometown Foundation, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut, Pratt & Whitney, Webster Bank and WWE.