Published DateCONWAY — Local law enforcement taking part in the Special Olympics torch run will carrying the Olympic flame from Jackson to Conway on Friday.
The "Flame of Hope" is meant to honor, inspire and support New Hampshire Special Olympians and their families. This year's run is the 29th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officers from communities across the state will carry the torch 800 miles more than two weeks leading up to the lighting of the cauldron at the opening of the Special Olympics of New Hampshire's summer games at the University of New Hampshire on May 31.
"The Law Enforcement Torch Run is more than just an event," local leg leader Detective Chris Mattei, of the Conway Police Department, said. "It is a time for law enforcement to celebrate and honor our heroes — the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire. If by carrying the 'Flame of Hope' across the state we can show the athletes half the admiration and respect they show us, then we have accomplished our goal."
This year, according to a statement from the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, runners will also be honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. They plan wear special Boston Strong T-shirts to honor the work law enforcement officers and other first responders did to assist in the aftermath.
More than 350 law enforcement officials will participate in the run statewide, according to the statement, with several hundred more providing support services. During each leg participants will run the torch through their town and pass it on to the next agency. The final 35-mile leg will take the torch from Concord to the opening ceremonies.
"It is symbolic of the commitment and dedication that New Hampshire Law Enforcement has for our athletes," Mary Conroy, president of Special Olympics New Hampshire, said, "something we all look forward to each year."