Local police departments will host a torch relay for the Special Olympics this Saturday.
It is the 30th year that law enforcement agencies have put together relays in conjunction with the event. The local run is intended to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics and foster community throughout Garfield County.
Things kick off at the Carbondale Police Department at 6 a.m. on May 3, then the torch proceeds downvalley to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle. Officers from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Silt, along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office will relay the torch. The 44-mile trip is expected to take about eight hours. Special Olympians and the general public are invited to run or walk the last mile from the West Campus of Colorado Mountain College on Airport Road to the annex when the procession passes by between 1:30 and 2 p.m. The relay will conclude with music, fun and fellowship at the annex. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served to the participants, and commemorative T-shirts will be made available.
Other supporting agencies include Colorado State Patrol, the All Hazards Response Team, the New Castle Police Department, the Parachute Police Department and TRIDENT (Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team).