The Wilton Police Department will join their fellow officers from across the state to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. They’ll be running through Wilton today, Friday, June 7.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut is a three-day event to support Special Olympics athletes and inspire the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Over 1,500 law enforcement officers from across the state, along with Special Olympics athletes in some towns, will pass the torch as it travels more than 530 miles across Connecticut.

The torch makes its way to the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games at Southern Connecticut State University’s Jess Dow Field, 7:15 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies event is free and open to the public, and kicks off this weekend’s competition.

The Wilton leg of the Torch Run begins at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the WEPCO complex on New Canaan Rd./Rte. 106. Participating police officers will run the torch through the Miller-Driscoll parking lot through cheering crowds of students and faculty before heading down Wolfpit Rd. toward Wilton Center. Officers will turn onto Horseshoe Rd. and follow River Rd. and Old Ridgefield Rd. around 10 a.m.. The torch will then make its way from Center St., to Ridgefield Rd., and then turn right to head south on Danbury Rd./Rt. 7 to Town Hall and the Police Department.

Wilton Family YMCA Sends Athletes to Summer Games

Several athletes will compete in this weekend’s games, representing the Wilton Family YMCA. The Summer Games will offer athletes of all abilities from across the state the opportunity to compete in sports and demonstrate what they can achieve after training in their sport with their local team for a season. Competition in athletics (track & field), cycling, soccer, swimming and tennis will take place at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, the Yale Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex in West Haven, Yale West Campus in Orange, and Hamden Hall Country Day School Skiff Street Athletic Complex in Hamden.

The Wilton Olympians will join more than 2,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports partners, as well as more than 500 coaches and 2,900 volunteers this weekend.

Photos below were taken during the May 11 regional time trials.