The event began around 6 a.m. when members of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office received the torch from Prince William Law Enforcement and delivered it to the Fredericksburg Police Department on the Falmouth Bridge.
The Richmond Police Department then participated in the run’s Capitol leg. It began at the newly dedicated Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial located at the Darden Garden on Capitol Square. From there, runners began a four-mile course to the Richmond Police Memorial Statue in Byrd Park.
Richmond Police will also participate in the Torch Run’s final leg starting 8 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Rescue Squad and ending at the University of Richmond Robins Center for the start of the Special Olympics games.
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is now in its 32nd year,” said Captain Harvey Powers, the department’s Torch Run coordinator. “The torch symbolizes the courage, determination, and effort of Special Olympic athletes everywhere.”
This year, law enforcement agencies in Virginia have raised $1.3 million to fund the important missions of the Special Olympics.