Solon Police Department to Participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run | Events
Solon, Ohio - Members and associates of the Solon Police Department will participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981 when the Police Chief at that time, Richard LaMunyon, conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with the community and the Special Olympics. Today the Torch Run involves law enforcement in all 50 states and more than 25 countries worldwide, making it the largest grass roots fundraising program to benefit the Special Olympics in the world.
Solon Police have been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run since 2001, when the northeastern Ohio leg began making its way through Solon. Officers will take the Flame of Hope from Moreland Hills officers at about 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday at S.R. 91 and Miles Road, then the Solon portion of the leg will proceed south on S.R. 91 to the Twinsburg line, where law enforcement from Summit County will take over. On Friday June 22nd representatives of the Torch Run from throughout the State will meet at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus, where the final leg of the Torch Run will take the Flame of Hope to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, lighting the flame for the Opening Ceremonies of the Ohio Summer Games.
We invite all to come out next week to cheer on Torch Run participants in all communities. A full schedule of the week-long Torch Run can be found at the Ohio Special Olympics website (http://www.sooh.org/page.php?p=1189), along with other information about the Torch Run. For a brief video on the history of the Torch Run, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/Law_Enforcement_Torch_Run_for_Special_Olympics.aspx.