The 30th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics ran through Loves Park on Wednesday.
Law enforcement agencies from across the Stateline participated in the first leg of the event, a grass-roots fundraiser in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope to the Opening Cermonies of the Illinois Summer Games on June 10th.
Special Olympics athletes joined officers on their journey, from South Beloit all the way down to Samuelson Rd.
Rockford Deputy Chief Pat Hoey says this year, officers had one of the largest turnouts in 29 years.
“Last year we wrote a check for $4.1 million, making us the second largest grossing torch run program in the world,” said Hoey. “This year, we’ll find out Friday what we’re going to write a check for, but I’m very confident that we will beat out Minnesota and we will be the number one program in the world.”
The Torch Run is 23 legs long and ends at Hancock Stadium at Illinois Stadium University.