The public is invited to run alongside the police when the Evanston Police Department participates in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics this Sunday.

Each year, officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles, carrying the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their hometowns to ultimately deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal during June. 

Evanston PD will be running the last segment of Leg 6, which starts in Winthrop Harbor, this Sunday morning at 6 a.m. The Evanston contingent will be staged at the Whole Foods parking lot at Isabella Street and Green Bay Road at about 10:30 a.m., waiting to take the torch from the Wilmette police and run with it to Evanston police headquarters at 1454 Elmwood Ave., a little less than three miles away.

Citizens are urged to participate. The cost to run is $25, all of which goes to Special Olympics Illinois. Money is collected at the staging area.

The Torch Run brings officers out from communities all over the country to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. Last year, torch run efforts in Illinois raised more than $4 million.

More information is on the department’s Twitter site.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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