UPDATE: The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut scheduled for Friday, June 7 is being suspended due to safety reasons caused by weather conditions, Special Olympics officials have announced.
Those running the routes for the Law Enforcement Torch Run — including through Shelton — now will meet in New Haven later Friday for the final leg of the run at Southern Connecticut State University, site of the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games for Connecticut.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will pass through Shelton on Friday afternoon.
Police officers will carry the torch along various routes throughout Connecticut, leading up to the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Southern Connecticut State University.
In Shelton, the torch run will enter the city from Trumbull at about 1:10 p.m., and then cross into Derby at about 2:40 p.m. It will travel about six miles in Shelton, and the runners also will take a lunch break. (See details on the exact course, with times, below.)
Torch will pass through 100 towns
Statewide, more than 1,500 law enforcement officers will participate in the run, covering more than 530 miles and passing through more than 100 Connecticut cities and towns. The run begins June 5.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the nonprofit organization’s largest grassroots fund-raising and public awareness event.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on officers during the torch run.
The Shelton route
Shelton runners begin at St. Joseph High School, 2320 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull (near the Shelton line)
Huntington Turnpike (Route 108) at Canfield Drive
Nichols Avenue (Route 108) at Bayberry Lane
Nichols Avenue (Route 108) and St. Paul’s Church
Turn left onto Huntington Street
Turn right on Huntington Street (Route 108 east)
Take 30-minute lunch break at shopping center
Return to run
Shelton Avenue (Route 108) at Beacon Hill Terrace
Shelton Avenue (Route 108) at Pine Street
Shelton Avenue (Route 108) at Lake Road
Shelton Avenue (Route 108) at Wooster Street
Turn right onto Coram Avenue
Turn left onto White Street
Turn right onto Howe Avenue
Turn left onto Bridge Street
Enter into Derby
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for almost 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and their partners (teammates without disabilities). The organization now is marking its 45th anniversary.
Police officers from around the state participate in many activities to raise funds for the Special Olympics and local athletes. In addition to the annual torch run, these include tip-a-cop, cop-on-top, Ride for the Flame, and jail-and-bail events.
Learn more at www.soct.org.