Area officers pass theSpecial Olympics torch

Post-Bulletin staff

Law enforcement officers will run, bike and inline skate from Rochester to Hastings today as part of this year’s torch run for Special Olympics.

The 77-mile leg of the run began at 7:15 a.m. at the flag pole at the law enforcement center, with a send-off by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede. Special Olympics athletes will join in the activities.

Law enforcement officials from several agencies will participate in the event. They’ll carry the flame, eventually leading to the opening ceremonies of the summer Special Olympics games at the University of Minnesota on Thursday.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is considered the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Statewide, more than 600 officers participate.

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