Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Maine

Ryan Bidal holds the torch as runners reach the Rockland town line from Rockport on Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Maine Special Olympics kicked off again Tuesday, June 4, in Sanford.
Ryan Bidal holds the torch as runners reach the Rockland town line from Rockport on Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Maine Special Olympics kicked off again Tuesday, June 4, in Sanford.
Posted June 04, 2013, at 3:27 p.m.

SANFORD, Maine — The Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off Tuesday morning in Sanford. More than 600 members of Maine law enforcement will participate in the run across the state of Maine June 4-7, carrying the Flame of Hope to raise funds for and awareness of Special Olympics Maine.

The run will start up again early Wednesday morning in Kittery. It will end in a brief final leg at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the University of Maine in Orono.

In 1984, the torch run was started in Maine by Police Chief Robert Bell. Today the run is held in all 50 states and more than 100 countries, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of Maine’s largest fundraising events for Special Olympics. Officers began in Sanford on Tuesday, and ran the torch to Kittery. On Wednesday the torch will leave Kittery at 7 a.m. and travel to Scarborough, where it will leave at 1 p.m. and travel to Brunswick. It will leave Camden at 8 a.m. Wednesday and end in West Bath, and from Bridgton at 8 a.m. to end in Brunswick. The other leg on Wednesday will leave Fort Kent at 8 a.m. and end in Caribou. On Thursday, the torch will go from Caribou to Mars Hill, and at noon leave Monticello for Houlton. It also will leave Rumford at 6 a.m. and go to Farmington, leaving there at 8 a.m. to go to Skowhegan; and from Brunswick at 10 a.m. to Waterville, and from Greene-Lewiston line, both ending in Augusta. On Friday, a leg will leave Bar Harbor at 7 a.m. and end in Ellsworth. Legs will leave Ellsworth at 11 a.m., Millinocket at 6:30 a.m. and Skowhegan at 6:30 a.m., all ending in Orono.

Other legs during the torch run will include from Calais to Machias and from Gorham to Portland. All legs will culminate at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the University of Maine in Orono’s steam plant and continue in the parade and opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maine Summer Games at 6 p.m.

Last year’s Torch Run raised more than $300,000 for Special Olympics Maine, helping the organization meet its more than $1 million annual budget.

For information on the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run, call Lisa Bird at Special Olympics Maine at 879-0489 or 839-5578, or email lisab@somaine.org.

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