LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO RUN/BIKE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO RUN/BIKE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Deputies of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be running and bicycling in the Special Olympics’ Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 27.

Deputies of the department’s Community Policing Division are teaming up with officers and agents of the Sunland Park Police Department, Las Cruces Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol for the event. The Torch Run will begin at the Sunland Park Police Department at 6 a.m. and end at the Sierra County line.

Participants will marshal the torch into Las Cruces at about 11:30 a.m. and will complete a leg of the run at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library at about 11:45 a.m. A Special Olympian will join the run with participants of that section near the 500 block of North Church.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of torch relays in which law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" more than 1,000 miles across New Mexico every year leading up to the State Summer Games, which will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque May 30 through June 1.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the organization’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Most Torch Run law enforcement officers who participate in the event collect pledges in order to participate or collect sponsorships for each mile they run.
For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.