Law Enforcement Torch Run starts in Abbotsford

Event leaves from Abbotsford Police Department on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics takes place in Abbotsford on Tuesday.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics takes place in Abbotsford on Tuesday.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in support of Special Olympics BC makes its way through Abbotsford on Tuesday morning (May 31) for the first leg of its journey.

The event leaves at 9 a.m. from the Abbotsford Police Department (2838 Justice Way) and ends at about 10 a.m. at the Running Room at 2070 Sumas Way.

From there, the run progresses on Tuesday through Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey and White Rock.

The event carries on through several Lower Mainland communities until June 3, when it ends in Delta/Ladner.

The LETR is a global movement that raises vital funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Since 1990, the BC LETR have been dedicated supporters of SOBC with LETR members around the province leading a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, raising more than $3 million to date.

Approximately 300 runners from a range of agencies and about 50 Special Olympics athletes are expected to join in the runs together in their communities, carrying the Flame of Hope and raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

“It’s fantastic to see the different law enforcement agencies in the Lower Mainland come together to support Special Olympics,” says Rick Lucy, the BC LETR provincial director and a retired deputy chief constable with the Abbotsford Police Department.

“Every year, law enforcement members, including myself, look forward to running with Special Olympics athletes and seeing people from all the communities come out to cheer us on. We are so inspired by the dedication, camaraderie, and true spirit of sport we see in the athletes, and it’s an honour to support such a worthy cause.”

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