Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics
On Sunday, June 4, members of the Vernon Hills Police Department will be joining representatives from law enforcement agencies across Illinois in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Torch Run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois Torch Run has raised nearly $43 million since it’s inception in 1986.
There are twenty-three legs of the Torch Run throughout the state. The eighth leg starts in Gurnee at 6:30 a.m. Shortly after 8:00 am, Vernon Hills runners will take the torch at the intersection of Routes 21 & 60. They will run south approximately three miles to Route 22, where the torch will be handed off for the next section of the trip. The journey ends in Lincolnwood, after joining up with another leg of the run in Niles.
“We’re proud to once again participate in this worthwhile endeavor,” said Mark Fleischhauer, Chief of Police. “Running a few miles to raise money is a small sacrifice to make for the athletes who take part in the Special Olympics.”
Anyone who would like to learn more about the Torch Run can contact (847) 247-4889.