NORFOLK-Law enforcement officers are used to pounding the pavement to solve crimes. Today through June 7, many of them will hit the road to promote Special Olympics.
Each leg of the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run is 6.3 miles.
Officers with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake Law Enforcement, Norfolk State University PD, Old Dominion University PD and NCIS took the torch from Va. Beach Blvd. to Monticello Avenue after getting the handoff from Va. Beach Police.
On Thursday morning, the torch will be On Thursday, June 6, 2013, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Chesapeake officers will run the six mile route starting at Macy's at Greenbrier Mall and ending in the courtyard of the City Complex on Albemarle Drive around 8:00 a.m.
When the torch reaches the Suffolk/Chesapeake line that morning, Police Chief Thomas Bennett and other local public safety officials will run along Route 17 (Bridge Road) to Isle of Wight County.
The torch will be handed off to Hampton officers around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. They'll leave from the parking lot of Macy’s at Peninsula Town Center, run through the shopping complex, get onto West Mercury Boulevard and run to the city line at Jefferson Avenue and hand off the torch to Newport News officers. That should happen around 4:30 p.m.
The torch will end up in Richmond on June 7 for the two-day Summer Games at the University of Richmond Robins Center. More than 1,300 Summer Games athletes are expected to compete.
Since June 2012, more than $1 million has been raised for Special Olympics, pushing the overall fundraising total to more than $15 million since the Torch Run's inception in Virginia in 1986, games officials said.