SEAFORD — A pack of 14 runners consisting of city officials and Seaford police officers hit the road Monday morning for its leg of the 35th annual statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Officers and the mayor and council members began around 8 and covered a route along Herring Run Road, beginning at the TidalHealth Mears Campus.
“Traditionally, we have always ran a few miles along Route 13. However, this year’s run was considered virtual again, as it was last year,” said Seaford Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Eric Chambers. “We will be back on track next year to pick back up with the traditional run north along Route 13.”
Seaford’s run was an independent event, as are the ones by the Delmar and Rehoboth Beach police departments Wednesday.
A video of the Seaford run will be provided to Special Olympics Delaware, Cpl. Chambers said.
On Thursday, the main Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, involving more than 500 officers, will be staged.
It will be a modified event, held on just one day instead of the traditional three. The main run has two legs, one departing from Georgetown at 7:30 a.m. and the second leaving Middletown at 9:50 a.m. Both legs will end in Dover with a ceremony on Legislative Mall at 1:45 p.m.
The runs, both virtual and in person, lead up to this year’s Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games, taking place Friday and Saturday throughout Kent County.
In its history, Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics has raised more than $9.25 million to support Special Olympics Delaware’s year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays.
A family of over 5,000 volunteers makes this program possible for the more than 4,200 athletes who compete.
To learn more about the Summer Games, visit here.