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Wilton Police Officers To Join Torch Run For Special Olympics

Officers carry the torch during last year's Torch Run. This year's event will take place on Friday in Wilton.
Officers carry the torch during last year's Torch Run. This year's event will take place on Friday in Wilton. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton police officers will join the 30th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut by volunteering as torchbearers and carrying the "Flame of Hope," when it comes through Wilton on Friday, June 10. 

The run, which comes through Wilton from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., helps raise awareness and funds to benefit Special Olympics athletes and inspire communities to accept and respect people of all abilities. 

Residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the town police. Their route and approximate timing for their leg of the run begins at St. Matthews Church, down Wolfpit Road to Horseshoe Road to River Road through the Center of Wilton out to Ridgefield Road then South onto Danbury Road, before finishing in the Wilton Town Hall Driveway at the Police Department.

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. 

In addition, and also to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Torch Run in Connecticut, rallies will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 8 and at the State Capitol on June 9 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.

This year, more than 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 Ave., New Haven, and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields, 225 Skiff St., Hamden. 

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