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Special Olympics Torch Run heads to Laurel June 5

Athlete Thomas Smith ,of Laurel, and Laurel Police Sgt. Erik Lynn carry the torch during the final leg of the 2012 Torch Run Relay June 8, 2012, in Towson.
Athlete Thomas Smith ,of Laurel, and Laurel Police Sgt. Erik Lynn carry the torch during the final leg of the 2012 Torch Run Relay June 8, 2012, in Towson. (Photo by Nicole Martyn)

Laurel Police, area law enforcement officers and community members will run Wednesday from College Park American Legion Post 217 to Laurel American Legion Post 60 in the 28th annual Maryland Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The College Park to Laurel leg of the run is set to begin in at noon after participants in the Hyattsville leg reach American Legion Post 217. The final leg will conclude at Towson University, where the Maryland Special Olympics are being held from June 7 to 9.

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The Torch Run, which is one of many happening across the country, is a way for law enforcement officers to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics events. Sgt. Erik Lynn, one of the coordinators of Laurel’s leg of the run, said that about 15 Laurel Police officers will be running, and others will be assisting participants.

Lynn said Laurel Police organize other fundraising events throughout the year, including Cops on Rooftops, Tip-a-Cop and a golf tournament last week at Patuxent Greens Golf Club. Shirts will also be sold at the Torch Run to help raise money.

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Area law enforcement officers enjoy doing the run and helping the Special Olympics community, Lynn said.

"We have a lot of fun,” he said.

Check back for photos and video of this year's Torch Run in Laurel.

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