Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Once again Delmar PD will participate in the 25th annual statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Delaware on Thursday at 6 a.m.

More than 500 law enforcement officers participate in the run that spans more than 160 miles.

As in the past, this year’s Torch Run will be a three-day event, starting in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. On Thursday, June 9, three separate torches will be lit and run from Lewes, Georgetown, and Delmar (6 am) before converging in Harrington, where the one “Flame of Hope” will then travel through Dover, Smyrna, and Odessa. The run includes a stop at Legislative Hall in Dover at approximately 2 p.m. with a presentation before the full House of Representatives.

On Friday, June 10, the run will continue from Troop 9 in Odessa at approximately 9:40 a.m. and head to the city of Wilmington with a celebration at the Wilmington Police Department Headquarters at 1:20 p.m. It will then continue on to Newark and head up Main Street for the leg of the run that is dedicated to Officer Gary Summerville of the University of Delaware Police Department. The final leg, which will be dedicated in the memory of all fallen law enforcement officers, will arrive at the Special Olympics Family Picnic at 5:15 p.m. in front of the UD football stadium.

From there the torch will be run by 2011 Torch-Runner of the Year, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Randal W. Lee, into the Bob Carpenter Center as part of the Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m.

Usually I am one of the few people there early in the morning by McDonalds and Wawa on RT 13 it would be nice if we could get the band (maybe playing the theme from Chariots of Fire) and a few cheerleaders and a few people out there to to see them off. Usually Chief Saylor leads off on the run.

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