Officers make run for Special Olympics

June 02, 1999

Torch Runphoto: YVETTE MAY / staff photographer

Heat and humidity didn't discourage area law enforcement and correctional officers from participating in the 1999 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Wednesday.

"It was a good run for a good cause," said Capt. Robert Hart, interim Hagerstown Police Chief, who ran about a mile into the Hagerstown Public Square.

Washington County's leg in the 14th annual event began at 7:30 a.m. in Hancock. The distance covered by the runners varied, depending on their fitness and fortitude.


Several officers rode bicycles this year and the runners were escorted by police vehicles and a van carrying supplies.

The supplies included fresh fruit provided by the Maryland Correctional Institution and coolers supplied by Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Running in this year's effort were representatives of Hagerstown City Police, Hancock Police Department, Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Department, and the Maryland Division of Correction.

Hagerstown City Council member Susan Saum-Wicklein presented a proclamation to the runners in Public Square.

After leaving the Square, the runners wound their way along U.S. 40 to the Washington-Frederick county line at South Mountain.

Today, the torch will be passed at 8 a.m. to runners from Frederick County as the run continues toward the metropolitan area in a prelude for the annual Special Olympics competition this weekend.

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