Law Enforcement Torch Run passes through Abbotsford

Event raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics BC athletes and programs

  • Jul. 5, 2014 1:00 p.m.
One Special Olympian joined law enforcement officers for the final leg of the annual Torch Run for Special O down South Fraser Way Saturday morning. They ended their run at the Berry Beat Festival in Downtown Abbotsford.

One Special Olympian joined law enforcement officers for the final leg of the annual Torch Run for Special O down South Fraser Way Saturday morning. They ended their run at the Berry Beat Festival in Downtown Abbotsford.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) took place in Abbotsford today (Saturday) as part of its final leg through the Lower Mainland.

The team is running through 15 communities along the final leg route, taking place from July 5 to 8, with more than 400 runners expected to join in the run in their communities.

The Abbotsford portion included members of the Abbotsford Police Department and local Special Olympics athletes.

They ran from the Safeway Plaza on South Fraser Way to the Berrybeat Festival’s centre stage on Essendene Avenue.

The LETR Final Leg team includes correctional officers John Randle, Jeff Buckles and Nicholas Bruce with the Correctional Service of Canada in the Fraser Valley.

A total of 25 law enforcement members and two Special Olympics athletes from across Canada are weaving their way throughout the Lower Mainland carrying the “Flame of Hope” on their way to the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Canada Games on July 8 at the University of British Columbia.

This will be the first national Games in B.C. since 1990, and they run from July 8 to 12 in Vancouver.

The LETR raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics BC athletes and programs.