Law enforcement carries the torch for Special Olympics Minnesota

In recognition and support of Special Olympics Minnesota, law enforcement carried the torch through Anoka County Friday, June 27.

The Summer Games for Special Olympics Minnesota Thursday, June 26 through Saturday, June 28 at Stillwater High School included 1,500 athletes.

After taking a break in the parking lot of Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine, the participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics proceed east on Main Street, led by an escort. Photo by Eric Hagen

After taking a break in the parking lot of Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine, the participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics proceed east on Main Street, led by an escort. Photo by Eric Hagen

In the days leading up to the games and just after the event started, law enforcement carried the Special Olympics torch hundreds of miles through Minnesota.

Anoka County’s leg of the run started 10 a.m. June 27 when Sherburne County law enforcement passed the torch to Anoka County at the weigh station along Highway 10 in western Ramsey.

The runners proceeded east on Highway 10, east on Main Street, south on Radisson Road, east on 109th Avenue, south on Lexington Avenue, east on Ball Road, south on Lever Street, east on 103rd Lane, south on Sunset Avenue and then went south on Hodgsen Road before passing the torch to Ramsey County law enforcement at the intersection of Hodgsen Road and County Road J in Lino Lakes

The route was 24.8 miles and took about five hours to complete, including three scheduled breaks.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Anoka, Blaine, Centennial Lakes, Coon Rapids, Lino Lakes, and Ramsey participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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