ALaw Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
On Sunday, June 2, members of the Vernon Hills Police Department will be joining representatives from law enforcement agencies across Illinois in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Torch Run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois Torch Run has raised nearly $51 million since it began in 1986.
There are twenty-three legs of the Torch Run throughout the state. The eighth leg starts in Gurnee at 6:30 a.m. Shortly after 8:00 am, Vernon Hills runners will take the torch at the intersection of Routes 21 & 60. They will run south approximately two miles where the torch will be handed off for the next section of the trip. The journey ends in Lincolnwood, after joining up with another leg of the run in Niles.
The fundraising for the Torch Run consists of numerous year-round efforts. Two of these events are the Polar Plunge and Cop on Rooftop, both of which the Vernon Hills Police Department participates in annually.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the Torch Run can call (847) 247-4889 or visit www.soill.org/illinoistorchrun/.