HILLSDALE – Mid-Michigan law enforcement members and community members participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Hillsdale on Sunday.

Law Enforcement Torch Run® Run Week (September 9 through 15) is an opportunity for law enforcement, corrections personnel and community members to run shoulder to shoulder, raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

40 Torch Run events are taking place during LETR Run Week all across Michigan.

Hillsdale’s Torch Run even kicked off at the Hillsdale County Courthouse and ended the the Hillsdale County ISD – Greenfield School on Beck Road on Sunday.

As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the law enforcement community becomes crucial. Over the past 33 years, officers have helped raise more than $300 million for Special Olympics.

“It is not about just the money,” says Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office Sgt John Gates, “it is about bringing awareness to these athletes and everything that they do everyday.”

Sheriff Tim Parker would like to thank everyone that participated and those that helped put this event together, it was great. Sheriff Parker would also like to give a special thank you to Sgt. John Gates of the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office for organizing this event. Sgt. Gates is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council and works very hard for the Special Olympic Athletes in Michigan.

If you missed the event and you’d still like donate to participants Click Here. Donations go toward the cost of athletes’ uniforms, sports equipment, facility rentals, housing fees and training costs for Special Olympians throughout Michigan.