First Responders were ready to lend a hand and guard the flame, June 6 , as the Prince William County leg of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run began at the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Station 17 in Montclair. Purple-shirted volunteers from Prince William County and Dumfries police, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office and Prince William County Fire and Rescue gathered around as the Special Olympics torch was lit.
With Prince William County motorcycle patrolmen leading the way, volunteers and local Special Olympics athletes ran down Cardinal Drive to the police headquarters off U.S. 1, where they were cheered on by supporters. The team continued down U.S. 1 to the handoff at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was a massive statewide effort, involving 2,000 law enforcement officers covering 1,900 miles, and converging at Richmond to kick off the Special Olympics Summer Games June 8-9. This year’s torch run raised an estimated $50,000 for Special Olympics activities across the state.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY PAUL LARA
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Robert Harris prepares to lead off the Law Enforcement Torch Run from Montclair to Woodbridge on June 6 in advance of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Richmond.
Runners receive last-minute guidance at the Montclair Fire Station, June 6, before running to Marine Corps Base Quantico.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run heads down Cardinal Drive in Montclair, June 6.
Virginia Law Enforcement Run volunteers jog down Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge, June 6, to raise funds for Special Olympics Virginia.
Supporters and volunteers await the arrival of runners at the Prince William County Police station in Woodbridge, June 6. The Law Enforcement Torch Run continued on to Marine Corps Base Quantico, heralding the beginning of the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games in Richmond.
Prince William County motorcycle patrol officers escort the torch through Woodbridge, June 6. Officials estimate this year's Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run raised $50,000 for Special Olympics.
Supporters and volunteers cheer the arrival of the torch at Prince William County Police headquarters, June 6.