Carroll County Special Olympics Torch Run

During the 2013 Torch Run, police motorcycles led the group of runners up the hill to Westminster West Middle School. (Photo by Monica Herndon / Patuxent Homestead / June 5, 2013)

Law enforcement officers representing the agencies throughout Carroll County will hits the road Wednesday, June 4 beginning at 8 a.m. in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland.

Officers will escort the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” as it makes its way toward the opening of the 44th annual Summer Games at Towson University, June 6-8.

On Wednesday, runners in Carroll will come from six locations across the county. The schedule is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change):

Sykesville Leg – Departing the Maryland Police Training Commission Gym at 8 a.m. Runners will include officers from the Sykesville and Springfield Hospital Center police departments and the Maryland Police Training Commission’s Police Academy, as well as Carroll County Special Olympics Athlete Matt Hamilton.

Hampstead/Manchester Leg – Departing the Manchester Police Department at 9 a.m. Runners will include Hampstead officers and members of the Office of State Fire Marshal, as well as Carroll County Special Olympics Athletes Woody Higgs, Ralph Gemmill and Geoffrey Wolf.

Taneytown Leg – Departing the Taneytown Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. Runners will include the Taneytown Police Department, the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office and members of the Carroll County Crisis Response Team. Carroll County Special Olympics Athlete Tammy Holibaugh will also be participating.

Mount Airy Leg – Departing the Mount Airy Fire Department at 7:30 a.m. Troopers assigned to the Westminster Barrack of the State Police will run this leg, along with Carroll County Special Olympics Athlete Jessica Zuback.

Union Bridge and New Windsor Leg – Departing the Union Bridge Fire Department at 9 a.m. Runners will include the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Carroll County Detention Center and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. Carroll County Special Olympics Athletes Cody Watters and Seth Watters will also be participating.

Torch Run Trek – a walking leg that will depart the Carroll County Farm Museum at 10 a.m. Walkers will include representatives of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office as well as a number of employees from Carroll County Government and the City of Westminster. Carroll County Special Olympics Athletes Riley Snyder and Josh Shoop will participate in the trek.

All runners from the various legs of the event will participate in the final leg of the Torch Run from McDaniel College to the Westminster City Hall. Carroll County Special Olympics Gia Bongiovani will also be participating in this leg of the event.

This local portion of the Torch Run Relay is part of a much larger effort. Statewide, the Maryland Torch Run Relay consists of four different legs – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern – and throughout the entire week, thousands of officers and Torch Run volunteers are covering hundreds of miles, eventually converging on Towson.