Law enforcement officers from around the area are lacing up their tennis shoes and hitting streets for the Special Olympics.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off Sunday and will feature 23 legs run by 3,000 officers throughout the state. DeKalb officers ran Sunday, and Belvidere and Boone County officers ran Monday. On Wednesday, officers from Rockford, Loves Park, South Beloit, Rockton, Winnebago County, and Illinois State Police will take the torch. Thursday, Freeport, Stephenson County, and Illinois Department of Corrections-Parole officers will carry the torch through Freeport.
The Torch run is the largest year-round fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Each year officers run over 1,500 miles with the Flame of Hope, carrying it to the Summer Games in Normal.
In its 27 years, the Torch Run has raised almost $28 million.