Last Friday, June 9, kicked off the start of a weekend heat wave, but the hottest thing moving through Wilton that day was the Flame of Hope, as members of the Wilton Police Department had the honor of being torchbearers on the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut.

This year’s Torch Run took place over three days, Wednesday-Friday, June 7-9, as more than 1,500 local law enforcement officers volunteer their time to carry the Special Olympics torch across all of Connecticut to raise awareness and funds to benefit Special Olympics athletes and inspire communities to respect and include people of all abilities. They cover more than 530 miles through 100 cities and towns for Special Olympics. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on their local officers and show their support for these volunteers and the Special Olympics movement.

GOOD Morning Wilton hitched a ride on the pace vehicle for an exclusive look at all the moments as Wilton officers ran through Wilton [see video below]. They were joined once again by their colleagues in blue from Ridgefield on the Wilton leg of the relay from the WEPCO complex, to Miller-Driscoll School, into Wilton Center to Town Hall. There, town officials cheered as runners ran the Flame of Hope beneath the large American Flag that had been raised above the entrance.

The Torch Run kicks off the three-day CT Special Olympics Summer Games, which took place this past weekend (June 9-11) in New Haven and Hamden.

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