Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Law enforcement take to the trails for inspiring Island Torch Runs

20 July 2016

Vancouver Island law enforcement titans teamed up with local Special Olympics athletes in June for inspiring Law Enforcement Torch Run events supporting Special Olympics BC.

On June 18, members of the Saanich Police Department, Central Saanich Police Service, Victoria Police Department, Oak Bay Police Department, and Canadian Armed Forces came together with SOBC – Victoria athletes at the Saanich PD for an annual five-kilometre walk/run along the Galloping Goose Trail. The event ended back at the police station with a yummy pancake breakfast by donation.

“We had quite a few law enforcement members come out and run with their families,” Saanich Police Department Cst. Lisa Bruschetta said.

Cst. Bruschetta also helps stage the successful Free the Fuzz fundraiser for SOBC, which was held this year in Saanich in April/May and raised more than $6,500.

“I really enjoy every aspect of Special Olympics, and when it comes to fundraising ideas and implementation, the world is your canvas,” Cst. Bruschetta said. “Special Olympics is behind every initiative of the LETR, with the end goal of raising money for our athletes. They too enjoy being a part of our efforts to fundraise, and it becomes a team effort. Next year, we may try something a little different for the Torch Run, so stay tuned for more details!”

On June 25, LETR champions at the Nanaimo RCMP staged the sixth annual Nanaimo Torch Run with SOBC – Nanaimo athletes and other community members, including the Military Police. Runners and walkers gathered at Maffeo Sutton Park and took off on a five-kilometre route along the city’s waterfront.

Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP said it was a great event, attracting about 80 participants from the community.

Pictured above right: Victoria Torch Run participants came together for a photo before the five-kilometre run/walk.

The LETR is a global movement that raises vital funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Since 1990, the BC LETR have been dedicated supporters of SOBC with LETR members around the province leading a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, raising more than $3 million to date.

More about the LETR

Read about the 2016 Lower Mainland Torch Run

Read about SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo and Oak Bay Police Department Constable Sheri Lucas joining the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team

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