Torch Run supports Special Olympics

The Iron County Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was held on Sept. 10 as a fundraiser for Michigan Special Olympics athletes. The event included a run/walk and a bike ride along the Heritage Trail that started and ended at the Chicaugon Lake Inn on County Road 424 in Crystal Falls. It was an opportunity for law enforcement, corrections personnel and community members to run shoulder-to-shoulder, raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. It was one in a series of 40 community runs scheduled in September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run week. During Run Week, additional LETR members will be making the nonstop 750-mile relay that starts in Copper Harbor in the U.P. and ends downstate in Sterling Heights. This is known as the Central Route Run. This relay is composed of three teams - Michigan State Police, Fraternal Order of Police and Michigan Department of Corrections. Each team has at least six runners who each run a five-mile leg. Each team runs 30 miles at a time. The runners have been raising money all year so they can participate in the event. LETR has more than 85,000 law enforcement officers involved worldwide and has raised more than $300 million in the 33 years that it has supported Special Olympics.