The Law Enforcement Torch Run returns to Abbotsford on Tuesday, June 6. (File photo)

The Law Enforcement Torch Run returns to Abbotsford on Tuesday, June 6. (File photo)

Law Enforcement Torch Run comes through Abbotsford

Event on Tuesday raises funds for and promotes Special Olympics

The BC Law Enforcement Torch Run makes its way through Abbotsford on Tuesday, June 6, helping to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC (SOBC).

Law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes will carry the torch for five kilometres, leaving at 9 a.m. from the Abbotsford Police Department (2838 Justice Way) and ending at the Running Room (2070 Sumas Way).

The run then proceeds on Tuesday to Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey and White Rock.

The event runs from June 6 to 9, as the Flame of Hope is carried through 18 communities across the Lower Mainland.

Participants promote their message of respect and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Approximately 500 law enforcement members and 80 SOBC athletes are expected to take part in the annual four-day run.

“There is such a great mutual respect between law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes and it’s wonderful to watch the Lower Mainland Torch Run continue to thrive,” said Rick Lucy, retired Abbotsford Police deputy chief and provincial director of the Torch Run.

Participating agencies include the Abbotsford, Delta, New Westminster, Port Moody, Vancouver, and West Vancouver police departments; RCMP detachments throughout the Lower Mainland; Canada Border Services Agency; the Justice Institute of British Columbia; and Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Visit specialolympics.bc.ca for the full schedule.