Officers take part in Special Olympics Torch Run

By WEEK Reporter

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Illinois Law Enforcement officers laced up their running shoes on Thursday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Approximately 3,000 local and state officers carried the Flame of Hope through different routes that lead to the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Normal.

In total these officers are running nearly 1,500 miles.
State Trooper Dustin Pierce says the Torch Run is law enforcement's biggest charity.

"We raise an enormous amount of money for them, Trooper Pierce said, And this money goes to the athletes so that they're able to participate in this contest throughout the year at no cost to them or their families".

There are about 13 thousand young athletes competing in the Special Olympics. Since 1986 the Torch Run has raised 28 millions dollars.