Local law enforcement officers are taking their support of Special Olympics to area roadways next week. The Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run kicks off Wednesday morning (6/8) at the Genesee ARC Day Habilitation Center in Elba. Officers from several local agencies will carry the Special Olympics torch down Route 98 to Batavia. The route includes a swing through the parking lot at the Genesee ARC Community Center on Woodrow Road, and concludes with a celebration picnic at the Genesee ARC Work Center on Walnut Street.
Deputy Chris Parker is on tap to participate in this year’s event. “This is the 30th anniversary of the Torch Run and the 50th for Genesee ARC,” Parker said. “We are running to show our support of ARC and their decades of involvement in the Special Olympics Program,” he added.
Two individuals served by Genesee ARC will help carry the torch with the officers at the beginning and end of the run. Genesee ARC has participated in several Special Olympics sports including track & field, swimming, snow-shoeing and softball.
According to event coordinator, Sheriff’s Investigator Chad Minuto, the Torch Run is a real team effort, for a great cause. “Throughout the 7 mile run, our focus will be on what the Olympics mean to our local athletes with special needs.”
Officers representing local, state and federal facilities in Genesee County have been invited to take part in the event.