The 28th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run completed the second leg of the three-day event at the Troop 9 barracks in Odessa Thursday evening. The event supports Special Olympics Delaware.

Several dozen members of the Delaware State Police cadet class arrived at the State Police Troop 9 Barracks about 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening slightly winded, but in great spirits, after participating in their portion of the 28th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run. Overall, more than 500 Law Enforcement Officers will cover about 160 miles to support Special Olympics Delaware over three days. The event began on Wednesday early in the morning, then continued north from the beach area through Milford, Harrington, Dover, Smyrna, and into Odessa Thursday evening.

The cadets joined the Torch Run in the Dover area and ran as a group for about 26 miles, or the equivalent of a Marathon. The three-day event will conclude Friday when the participants will leave Troop 9, continue north to the Wilmington Police Headquarters, then finish at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center for the official opening of the 2014 Summer Games where the Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be delivered.

Special Olympics Delaware provides a 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 4,000 volunteers makes this program possible for the more than 3,700 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem ... not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.