Allen County officers in annual Torch Run

Allen County law enforcement officers and community volunteers will participate in the annual Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Thursday.
Brian Donovan of the Iola Police Department will lead the Allen County runners on their trek from Moran to the Allen-Woodson counties line. Runners will leave Moran at 10 a.m. and arriving in LaHarpe at 11 a.m.
The Allen County runners bring the “Flame of Hope” torch to Iola at noon.
A brief ceremony with local Kansas Special Olympics athletes will be on Iola’s city square. The public is invited.
Law enforcement runners will join with athletes to carry the torch around Iola’s square before the ceremony.
Over 650 officers from over 60 law enforcement agencies will carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Kansas Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita. Following the individual torch runs combining in Wichita, one torch will be carried by Kansas law enforcement officers and LP Esquibel, the 2008 Most Inspirational Athlete, will light the cauldron officially opening the 2009 Wichita Summer Games.
The annual torch run raises funds to benefit Kansas Special Olympics programs.
Allen County Special Olympics and the ANW Special Cooperative Special Olympics will have athletes competing in track and field events in Wichita next Saturday and Sunday.