By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
Officers from the Plainfield Police Department hit the bricks early Sunday morning, with some help from a few local athletes.
Officers and members of the village staff joined forces with athletes from this year’s Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, starting the traditional Torch Run to the site of this year’s summer games downstate.
“We hosted one leg of the Torch Run for the Special Olympics, a law enforcement Torch Run,” said Police Chief John Konopek. “It was the first time that Plainfield has ever had a leg come through town, much less start in town. So, we had the opportunity and the honor to start a leg, all the legs finish in Bloomington where they have the Special Olympics later this month.”
Special Olympic athletes joined members of the police department and village staff for the 5-mile run, which started at the Village Hall and ended at Caton Farm and Drauden.
“During the course of that, we had upwards of 30 people from the village itself that ran with us,” Konopek said. “It was quite an honor.”
The run continued to Shorewood, Joliet, Rockdale, and Manhattan after the Plainfield stretch was complete, moving south from there.
Special Olympics Illinois hosts “Run With the Law” Torch Runs throughout the state, a community event to increase both funds and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois.
The participants collect donations to run with law enforcement members, who carry the Flame of Hope, with all proceeds directly benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games begin on Friday, June 9, at locations throughout Bloomington-Normal.
The Summer Games will feature more than 4,000 athletes competing in six sports, including powerlifting, soccer, swimming, and track.
Information on Special Olympics Illinois can be found online, at www.soill.org.