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Special Olympics Torch Run set for June 6

Former Special Olympics athlete Josh Smith, left, and Maryland State Police Trooper Candidate Stephen Chrzanowski hold the torch during a ceremony at Westminster City Hall, part of the Carroll County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Former Special Olympics athlete Josh Smith, left, and Maryland State Police Trooper Candidate Stephen Chrzanowski hold the torch during a ceremony at Westminster City Hall, part of the Carroll County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Carroll law enforcement and public safety volunteers will join Special Olympics athletes to carry the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games.

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is a statewide effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The Torch Run began traveling across the state on Wednesday and finishes up when the torch is brought to the Opening Ceremonies at Towson University on June 8.

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The Carroll County leg, on Wednesday, June 6, will consist of five smaller sections. More than 200 participants from every law enforcement agency in the county are expected to participate.

The first and longest leg begins at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville at 7:30 a.m. The Mount Airy route starts out from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company at 7:30 a.m., and the Taneytown route departs from Taneytown Memorial park at 8 a.m. The Union Bridge Fire Hall will be the starting point for Union Bridge, New Windsor participants at 9 a.m., and Hampstead and Manchester participants will depart the Manchester Police Department at 9:30 a.m.

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The final portion of the Carroll leg will begin in Westminster at McDaniel College at 11:30 a.m. as participants head for Westminster City Hall. A ceremony will be held there at noon, with a picnic to follow at the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department.

An additional walking event, the 3-mile Torch Run trek, will set out from the Carroll County Farm Museum at 10 a.m. and travel to McDaniel and City Hall.

Later in September, the Department of Corrections will hold its own torch run at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville.

Torch Run T-shirts and hats can be purchased through local law enforcement for $15. Last year law enforcement statewide raised about $200,000 through shirt sales for SOMD. In total, the Maryland Torch Run raised more than $2.9 million last year.

More information is available at www.somd.org/letr.

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