The 26th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland, passed through Laurel June 8, as law enforcement officers, athletes and community members ran from College Park American Legion Post 217 to Laurel American Legion Post 60.
In a sweltering-hot day, members of the Laurel Police Department, Prince George's County Police, WSSC Police and the Army ran more than eight miles north on Route 1 for the Laurel leg of a run that would eventually bring the Special Olympics Torch to the Summer Games at Towson University June 10 to 12.
Hooters restaurant, in Laurel, supported the torch run by providing water and encouragement to the runners, and American Legion Post 60 prepared a lunch after the run. Torch Run T-shirts were also sold for $10 as a fundraiser.
Laurel Police Capt. Carl DeWalt coordinates the Laurel Police Department's efforts with Special Olympics Maryland and coordinated Laurel's leg of the torch run. DeWalt also organizes fundraising events throughout the year, such as Tip-a-Cop and Cops on Rooftops.