The community is invited to cheer on Special Olympics Los Alamos athletes and Los Alamos Police Department personnel as they head out towards the Jemez Thursday morning on the Law Enforcement Torch Run, according to local organizer LAPD Cdr. Oliver Morris.
Participants will leave the Justice Center at approximately 7:30 a.m. and head west on Trinity Drive and onto West Jemez Road and the members of the public can show their support along the way. Park Rangers from Bandelier National Monument will join the run this year.
LAPD is raising funds again this year for the annual Torch Run, which raised more than $55 million nationwide for Special Olympics programs around the world in the 2016 program year. More than 200 New Mexico law enforcement personnel from more than 30 agencies participate in the 1,600-mile statewide run, which will culminate with the Special Olympics New Mexico Summer Games May 20-21 in Albuquerque.
LAPD is accepting donations, which can be dropped off at the Los Alamos Police Department. Several fundraising events are planned during the coming months including “Tip a Cop” evenings in Los Alamos and White Rock.