Note: This story was updated to note that the torch run starts at Lamoille County Sheriff's Department at 8 a.m. Friday.

As the Special Olympics enters its second half-century, local police will once again carry a torch to lead the way to the games.

Next Friday, June 7, Stowe and Morristown police departments and the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, jogging with the Olympic flame through the southeastern corner of Lamoille County.

Stowe Police Sgt. Bruce Merriam is organizing the run for the county. Merriam has long been involved in the Special Olympics, running with the torch in California and Chicago for two different national games and in Austria for the international games.

The torch run is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers, gathering money from the sale of its commemorative t-shirts. T-shirts are on sale at the Stowe Town Clerk’s office. For more information, call Stowe Police Department at 253-7126.

Police officers are leading the run, but anyone who wants to participate is invited, too, and police vehicles will escort the runners every step of the way.

The run starts at 8 a.m. in Hyde Park, at the sheriff’s department, running past the elementary school, along Route 15 into Morristown. The Morristown police take over from there, leading the run through town to the elementary school, meeting there around 9:30 a.m., and up the hill to Peoples Academy. Special Olympic athletes will then accompany to crowd back down the hill to the police department.

The torch is then driven to Stowe, where runners take it from the Shaw’s grocery store parking lot through town, stopping for a photo op at the Akeley Memorial Building. Stowe Town Clerk Lisa Walker said the time and route is somewhat up in the air because of Main Street construction. Call the town clerk’s office at 253-6133 for the most up-to-date information.

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