Law Enforcement Torch Run on Surrey streets (photos)

SURREY — Law enforcement officers laced up for a special run here today (Tuesday, June 2).

Surrey’s downtown core was a Day 1 stop on the Law Enforcement Torch Run, or LETR.

Led by a torchbearer and police escort, a few dozen LETR participants sang as they jogged three kilometres from Surrey City Hall to the RCMP’s regional headquarters on Green Timbers Way.

The LETR is a global movement that raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics, and the torch run is a highlight for those involved.

Across the Lower Mainland this week, from June 2-5, a few hundred runners from a wide range of law-enforcement agencies will take part in the torch run, with close to 100 Special Olympians also involved.

The B.C. branch of the LETR has raised more than $3 million for Special Olympics since it was established in 1990. The roots of the worldwide movement are in Wichita, Kansas, where in 1981 the local police chief first established a torch run for the Special Olympics.

For details about LETR, visit SpecialOlympics.bc.ca/letr.

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