The 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut kicked off Wednesday. More than 1,500 law enforcement officers are participating in the event that runs until today. Day three, today, will move through the Greater Danbury area, with routes from New Milford to Bethany, Ridgefield and Wilton, and New Haven to Monroe. Officers from municipal departments, correction facilities, military police and other areas will pass the Torch with its “Flame of Hope” at each town line.
New Milford Police officers are running from the town green, down Route 7 and meeting up with Brookfield Police. Officers from that department will head south on Federal Road to meet up with Danbury Police officers, who will take custody of the torch and run it to Bethel.
The Brookfield leg is about 6.5 miles. Drivers are asked to proceed with caution while there are runners on Federal Road, starting around 8:30am.
Bethel Police will pick up the torch from Danbury around 10:30am on Route 53, Grassy Plain Street. The run will continue onto Route 302 into Newtown.
The goal is to promote awareness of Special Olympics, its year-round sports and health programs and inspire inclusion for people of all abilities. The final leg will end with the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Sports Series at Fairfield University.