Wilton Police Officers will once again participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, on Friday, June 10, carrying the torch by hand throughout Wilton. This year marks the 30th year the Torch Run has been held.

During the run, officers from several towns will volunteer their time to serve as torchbearers and carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” through their towns and cities to raise awareness and funds to benefit Special Olympics athletes. They also hope to inspire communities to accept and respect people of all abilities.

On June 10, the Torch Run will come through Wilton from approximately 9:45-10:15 a.m..

The Wilton Police Department is encouraging all residents to come out and cheer on the officers who will be running. The route and approximate timing for the Wilton leg of the Run is as follows:

9:40 a.m.  Start at St. Matthews Church (36 New Canaan Rd.)
9:42 a.m.  Turn Left onto Rt. 106 (New Canaan Rd.)
9:45 a.m.  Turn Right into Miller Driscoll School
9:47 a.m.   Turn right onto Rt. 106 (Wolfpit Rd.)
9:54 a.m.   Turn left onto Horseshoe Rd.
9:56 a.m.    Continue onto River Rd.
10:03 a.m. River Rd. at Old Ridgefield Rd.
10:06 a.m. Slight right onto Center St.
10:06 a.m.  Turn right onto CT-33 S. (Ridgefield Rd.)
10:08 a.m.  Turn right onto US-7 (Danbury Rd.)
10:13 a.m.   Turn left into Town Hall toward Wilton Rd.

Over 1,500 local law enforcement officers are expected to participate in the Run—along with Special Olympics athletes in some areas—and cover more than 530 miles. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on their local officers and show their support for the Special Olympics movement. In addition, and also to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Torch Run in Connecticut, rallies will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Day 1 and at the State Capitol on Day 2 of the Torch Run.

The three-day event will conclude at Southern Connecticut State University on Friday, June 10, when officers will run a “Final Leg” into Jess Dow Field on the University’s campus and light the ceremonial cauldron during Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games which begin at 7:15 p.m.. Over 2,400 athletes and Unified Sport partners will participate in Summer Games and compete in cycling, swimming, soccer, tennis and track & field throughout the weekend at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Avenue, New Haven and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields, 225 Skiff Street, Hamden. Summer Games is one of four major state competitions Special Olympics Connecticut hosts annually. The public is invited and encouraged to attend Opening Ceremonies and Summer Games events throughout the weekend at no cost.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut is one of the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness efforts. This year-round program involves law enforcement officers from across the state who volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds through events including Tip-a-Cop, Cop-on-Top, and Jail N’ Bail fundraisers.

In addition, each year in June, over 1,500 officers and athletes carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” through hundreds of cities and towns across the state, and run the Final Leg as part of Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games.