‘Flame of Hope’ Arrives in Worcester County!
Worcester County Law Enforcement Officer, Friends, and Supporters Participate in Statewide Torch Run Relay as Show of Support for the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games
Maryland Torch Run Celebrates 28 Years of Success
Law Enforcement officers representing ALL of Worcester County will be on the run on Monday, June 3rd at 8:00am, taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics Maryland. Their mission: to escort and protect the Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ as it makes its way toward the opening of the 43nd Anniversary Summer Games at Towson University, June 7-9.
This year marks the 28th Anniversary of the Maryland Torch Run, a movement that began in 1986 with a handful of officers raising $5,000, and has grown into a true year-round effort that involves thousands of officers and sponsors raising over $3 million in 2012. Since its inception, the Torch Run has taken very seriously its role as “Guardians of the Flame”, and the Relay is an important and celebrated part of every Special Olympics competition.
The schedule for Ocean City/Worcester County’s portion of the Torch Run is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change):
Monday, June 3, 2013
8 – 8:30am Pre-Event Ceremonies, 27th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD
8:30am Torch Run Relay Begins. Run will proceed from 27th Street to N. Division Street.
9:15 – 9:30am Run Concludes at N. Division Street with Photo Opportunity and Refreshment
*We will load bus to proceed to Historic Downtown Berlin, for the second leg of the Relay
10:00 – 10:15am Meet at Worcester Preparatory School for Pre-Run Pep Rally
10:15am Begin Second Leg through Historic Downtown Berlin
10:45-11:00am Conclude Second Leg at Berlin Fire Department (approx. 1 mile run)
*More Refreshments and Photo Opportunities to follow run
This local portion of the Torch Run Relay is part of a much larger effort. Statewide, the Maryland Torch Run Relay consists of four different legs – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern – and throughout the entire week, thousands of Torch Run volunteers will cover hundreds of miles, eventually converging on Towson where the individual flames will be united in the Final Leg Ceremony and then officers from around the state will travel the final 2.5 miles to the Opening Ceremony at Towson University. It is there that the Flame is handed off to the Special Olympics athletes who have the honor of taking the final lap with the torch and then lighting the cauldron and officially declaring the 2013 SOMD Summer Games open.
*PLEASE consider participating in the Eastern Leg of the Torch Run Relay as shown above. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A “RUNNER!” Each leg will have support vehicles and/or buses so you can run as much OR as little as you want. You may also ride your BICYCLE if you wish! The actual Torch Run Relay is an awareness campaign to highlight our UNITED law enforcement efforts to benefit Special Olympics and create excitement for the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games each year. 2013 Torch Run t-shirts should be worn for this event and may be purchased in advance or purchased the morning of the event for $10.
Our local Torch Run Leg is always VERY WELL attended and is by far the most beautiful leg of the states Torch Run relay, incorporating the refreshing Ocean City boardwalk and the beauty and charm of historic downtown Berlin, Maryland. I hope to see you at our Torch Run leg this year!!! Again, you DO NOT have to be a runner…we just ask that you be a supporter! GIVE MARYLAND SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE AND “GO FOR THE GOLD!”
Torch Run Relay Week leading up to the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University is June 3-7, 2013!
Contact: Sgt. Dennis G. Eade, Ocean City Police Department, 410-520-5309