Over the next couple of days, you might see members of law enforcement out on the roads. But they won't be in their cars.  They'll be on foot.

You will see them running and carrying a torch.  They're called "Torch Runs" and they're being done for the Special Olympics.

What is a "Torch Run?"

A Torch Run is a time-honored tradition that is done by members of law enforcement to raise money and awareness of the Special Olympics.  It is orchestrated by people known as the "Guardians of the Flame."  It was started in 1983 in Kansas City and has become the largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

Members of many law enforcement agencies in New York will be running alongside athletes and supporters of Special Olympics and carrying a torch that is known as "The Flame of Hope."

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Where will it be?

There will be three stops over the next couple of days to watch for:

Monday, June 5th, 2023

  • Torch Run Leg: Albion
  • Start Time: 10:00AM
  • Start and End Point: Albion Village Hall (35 Main Street Albion, NY 14411)

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

  • Torch Run Leg: Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Memorial Leg
  • Start Time: 4:00 PM
  • Start Point: Clarence State Police Barracks (5 Town Place Clarence, NY 14031
  • End Point: Tully’s (8070 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221)

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

  • Torch Run Leg: Corrections Officer Scott Kowalski Memorial Torch Run Leg
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Start Point: Dunkirk High School (75 W 6th St, Dunkirk, NY 14048)
  • End Point: SUNY Fredonia (280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063)

The Special Olympics is huge in New York State

According to a press release, Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 42,000 athletes.  All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. If you'd like to get involved or to make a donation,  visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.

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