Law enforcement to open Special Olympics with torch run

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Law enforcement personnel from Jackson will be carrying the “Flame of Hope” in the Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Wyoming athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will begin at the Jackson Hole Visitors Center at 2:00pm. The Special Olympics torch will then be run by Special Olympics Wyoming athletes and law enforcement officers to the Town Square for a brief ceremony with the Mayor Pete Muldoon.

The run will then continue down Broadway Street to arrive at Jackson Hole High School in preparation for Winter Games Opening Ceremony at 3:00pm Tuesday, February 5.

As a special treat, local Special Olympic athlete Brendan Burke will be running with law enforcement officers.  He is also 1 of 10 athletes in the world picked to run in the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Law enforcement officers will also escort the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Games that begins at Jackson High School at 7:00pm. Officers will attend the Winter Games at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Pines, where they will present the athletes with medals following their competitions.

This will be the first Torch Run in Jackson, however, members of law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes from across Wyoming have carried the Flame of Hope in the Law Enforcement Torch Run every year since 1987.

In 2017, law enforcement volunteers raised over $58.2 million for Special Olympics programs around the world and eclipsed $733 million since the inception of the LETR in 1981. Wyoming law enforcement has raised over $500,000 for Special Olympics Wyoming.

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