Torch run kicks-off Special Olympics events
The Grand Junction Police Department SWAT team took a short run from the police department on Ute Avenue Tuesday morning to present the Special Olympics torch to an awaiting crowd of athletes at Stocker Stadium.
The lighting of the torch kicked-off the opening ceremonies of the annual School District 51 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.
Law enforcement officers have planned two more torch run events in support of the Special Olympics.
The main event will take place Friday, May 4. Officers from multiple agencies will run the torch beginning at 3 p.m. from the Colorado State Patrol Office in Fruita, over the Colorado National Monument, to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office where the official Olympic torch will be lit. The event includes an ice cream social at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to cheer on the officers along the route.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team will make another short torch run 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5. The team will carry the torch from the Sheriff’s office to Grand Junction High School to kick-off the school’s Regional Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising event for Special Olympics. Started in 1981, more than 84,000 officers participate in nationwide runs and have raised more $34 million dollars.