Annual torch run raises money for Special Olympics

Participants in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run pass Town Center in Virginia Beach on June 7, 2017. Credit: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officers and residents gathered in Virginia Bach Wednesday morning for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The annual event raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Virginia.

During the run, law enforcement officials around the Commonwealth will carry the “Flame of Hope” across the state — ending in the Torch Run Final Leg and the opening of the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games in Richmond.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office says its team raised more than $1,250 in 2016. This year, the team raised over $600.

More than 50 runners from the sheriff’s office and police department carried the torch to Norfolk on Wednesday.

On Thursday, members of the Suffolk Police Department and the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office participated as the torch was handed off by the Portsmouth Police Department. Suffolk’s runners completed an eight-mile trek along Route 17 before the torch was handed off in Isle of Wight County for the next leg of its journey.

The annual statewide race spans a week, with more than 2,000 officers from 200-plus agencies taking part.