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Law Enforcement Torch Run flies through Darien to kick off Special Olympics

Updated 11:59 am, Saturday, June 18, 2011

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  • Special Olympian Stephen Caird (center) of New Canaan ran through Darien alongside Darien and New Canaan police officers as part of the Connecticut Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Torch Run last Friday, June 10. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard / Darien News
    Special Olympian Stephen Caird (center) of New Canaan ran through Darien alongside Darien and New Canaan police officers as part of the Connecticut Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Torch Run last Friday, June 10. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard

 

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run, a three-day run with the Flame of Hope, made its way through Darien June 10. The run covers 530 miles through 100 cities and towns and finishes as law enforcement officers, Special Olympic athletes, and hundreds of volunteers run the final legs and carry the torch to kick off the 42nd Annual Summer Games at the Opening Ceremony at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' single largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness agent. The Connecticut Torch Run Program raises more than $500,000 each year for Special Olympics Connecticut with fundraisers including Tip-a-Cops, Cop-on-Tops, the Torch Run and much more.