Law enforcement officials in Anoka County took part in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run June 22.
This is the 26th year that Anoka County law enforcement have participated in the torch run, according to Deputy Anne Bluml of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
There are Special Olympics Torch Runs in all 50 U.S. states and 32 countries to raise awareness of the games. The first law enforcement torch run for Special Olympics was in 1981 in Wichita, Kan.
Special Olympics Minnesota held its summer games June 21-23.
Anoka County’s portion of the run began in western Ramsey and proceeded east on Highway 10 before exiting on West Main Street in Anoka. The runners then headed east on Main Street and took a break at the Hardee’s parking lot.
Next, they continued east on Main Street before they had to head south on Hanson Boulevard to avoid the road construction on Main Street. They ran on various segments of Hanson Boulevard, 121st Avenue, Foley Boulevard, Northdale Boulevard, 109th Avenue and Lexington Avenue before passing the torch to Ramsey County law enforcement at the corner of County Road J and Hodgson Road.
The whole route was 23.8 miles long.
Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way ran the whole 7.3-mile stretch that his police department participated in from western Ramsey to Hardee’s in Anoka. Out of the 26 years that Anoka County law enforcement has participated, he only missed one year because he was sick.
Way said it was great to see everyone out there participating whether they were running or inline skating. He said they had great weather for the run this year.
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