Law enforcement 2014 ‘Torch Run’ set

Today, May 28, marks the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on the Olympic Peninsula in support of the Special Olympics of Washington.

Law enforcement and corrections officers from throughout the area are preparing for the Torch Run during which almost every law enforcement agency on the Olympic Peninsula will be participating.

Clallam and Jefferson counties will be represented by Clallam and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices, Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend Police Departments, Washington State Patrol, Olympic National Park, area tribal police, Clallam Bay Corrections Center and the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Special Olympics has teams of athletes from Clallam County called the Orcas while the Jefferson County Team is known as the Warriors. On Friday, May 30, athletes from both the Orcas and the Warriors will join numerous others from throughout the state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the Special Olympics opening ceremonies.

The Olympic Peninsula Torch Run will begin about 7 a.m., May 28, at Laird’s Corner with runners taking the torch along Edgewood Drive to the Truck Route and then downtown to the Port Angeles City Pier.

At about 8:30 a.m., Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman will lead anyone who would like to walk a leg of the course. including Special Olympic athletes, for a walk from the Red Lion Hotel to the old Rayonier site to give many a chance to carry the torch along the way.

From the old Rayonier Site, the run will follow the Discovery Trail to Rhodefer Road, where there will be a second walking leg for Sequim-area people at about 1 p.m.

The Sequim walk is led by members of the Washington State Patrol.

At the Longhouse Market & Deli, the group takes to the highway where the runners carry the torch all the to the Kitsap side of the Hood Canal bridge to hand off to Kitsap County authorities.

Kitsap County law enforcement agencies will resume the run on Thursday.

Jefferson County Sheriff Tony Hernandez traditionally leads the final mile across the Hood Canal bridge at about 7 p.m.


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