Members of the Aurora and Monett Police Departments, along with some friends, participated in the 2009 Law Enforcement Torch run on Thursday, May 21.
The annual event is done to help support the Missouri Special Olympics. This year The Missouri State Summer Games were held in Springfield from Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30.
Officers and friends ran approximately 8 miles begining at the west end of Aurora and ending at the Marionville Police Department.
The original Torch Run began 21 years ago as a 30-mile run and has evolved into a four day relay that covers more than 950 miles and involves over 1,000 runners.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run raises $20 million annually by recruiting more than 15,000 law enforcement officers from all over the world. Missouri's Torch Run consistently ranks in the Top Ten in the world for funds raised.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch run is to raise both money and awareness for Special Olympics. The Torch Run in Missouri originates in over 25 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games.
Patrons interested in purchasing a Torch Run t-shirt for $10.00 or long sleeve shirt for $15.00 can contact Lieutenant Jay Jastal or Officer Tim Swadley with the Aurora Police Department at 417-678-5025.