Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics rolls through Chilliwack

Thirty local athletes in four sports off to Special Olympics Summer Games in Kamloops next month

Local Mounties, RCMP staff members, supporters and Special Olympic athletes took part in the Chilliwack Law Enforcement Torch Run (and walk) on June 6.

Escorted by police motorcycles, the main group of runners started at Sardis secondary school, ran along Stevenson Road, down Vedder and along Keith Wilson before heading in to the RCMP’s Pacific Regional Training Centre.

The run was one of more than a dozen held in the Lower Mainland between June 6 and 9.

The event is a tradition that raises important funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC (SOBC).

Also present at the event were some of the 30 Chilliwack Special Olympians who will be participating in the Special Olympics Summer Games in Kamloops July 6 to 9.

After the run, City of Chilliwack Coun. Chuck Stam spoke about the event and the cause, and stood side-by-side with powerlifter Matt McKay who is off to Kamloops. In addition to powerlifting, Chilliwack athletes will be participating in soccer, swimming and bocce.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run carries the Flame of Hope through 18 communities in the province to promote respect and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Approximately 500 law enforcement members and 80 SOBC were expected to take part in the four-day event.

“It is amazing to see so many law enforcement agencies come together to support Special Olympics BC,” said Rick Lucy, BC LETR provincial director and retired Abbotsford Police Department deputy chief constable.

See here for a list of all LETR events: www.specialolympics.bc.ca/ways-give/law-enforcement-torch-run/upcoming-events