(MARIETTA, OH) - Whether it be by bike or by foot, law enforcement officers across Ohio are carrying the torch for Special Olympics this week.
The Flame of Hope will be making its way to and through Marietta and begin its journey throughout southeast Ohio on Wednesday (June 25).
The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run involves law enforcement officers biking or running it across 150 Ohio counties to raise money and gain awareness for athletes who will participate in this year’s Special Olympics Ohio games.
The run kicked off on June 19 in Toledo, and is the largest grassroots fundraising program for Special Olympics Ohio.
This Wednesday’s stop in Marietta is one of the run’s five main routes. The torch will also travel through Caldwell and McConnelsville that day before it moves through Byesville, Cambridge, and Zanesville on Thursday. The Athens-to-Columbus leg also begins on Thursday.
Lieutenant Carlos Smith of the Ohio Highway Patrol Marietta Post says local officers enjoy participating in the Torch Run.
“Any time the officers can be involved to give back to the community, it’s a great feeling,” he says. “We’re looking forward to support Special Olympics as we do every year.”
The run’s kickoff in Marietta begins at 9 AM in the back lot of the police department building. The torch departs Marietta for McConnelsville and hour later.