(Lansing, Mich.) – More than 50 uniformed Law Enforcement and Correction Officers will gather at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 30 as the Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) light the “Flame of Hope” and embark on a 9-hour relay run from the west side Capitol steps to Mt. Pleasant.
At the Capitol, speakers from Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Lansing Police Department will speak on their continued support of the LETR Program and Special Olympics Michigan.
As the Guardians of the Flame, the LETR volunteers will run the flame to the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by Spartan Stores at 6:45 p.m. inside the Events Center at Central Michigan University. With the high potential for rain in the Mt. Pleasant area this week, Thursday’s Opening Ceremonies and Friday’s Closing Ceremonies with be held inside the CMU Events Center.
More than 30 LETR volunteers representing different agencies will help carry the flame during the 70-mile journey from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant. At Opening Ceremonies, selected LETR Volunteers and Special Olympics Athletes from Monroe County (Area 34) will carry the torch around the Events Center to light the cauldron and declare Games open.
Special Olympics Michigan’s State Summer Games are one of the world’s largest Special Olympics Summer Games and will take place on the campus of CMU May 30-June 1.
The LETR is not just a run. Community based activities and fundraisers take place throughout the year locally and statewide. Some examples of the statewide LETR fundraisers are the Polar Plunge, World’s Largest Truck Convoy and Cops on Doughnuts Shops. Money raised by the Michigan LETR goes to support the year-round sports training and competition for the more than 16,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state.