Law Enforcement Torch Run to Raise Money for Special Olympics Michigan

 

Dozens of people laced up their running shoes and hit the pavement for this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Michigan.

There are more than 40 community runs across the state for a total of 750 miles.

They started on Sept. 7 and run till Sept. 27.

Participants are able to run side by side with local police and corrections officers during the relay.

Starting at Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula, the central route ends on Belle Isle.

Teams of at least six runners each complete a 5-mile leg for a total of 30 miles.

This fundraiser is part of a bigger push across the country.

More than 85,000 law enforcement officers have raised upwards of $300-million in 39 years.

It is all due to the athletes.

“The biggest benefit of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Run Week for Special Olympics is that awareness for people to understand just how strong our relationship is with law enforcement and for people to get a better understanding of what Special Olympics is,” said communications director Aaron Mills.

You can still help the cause out while not breaking a sweat.

More than 600 Subway restaurants across Michigan are collecting donations through September.