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Bainbridge police beat feet for Special Olympics

Bainbridge police gather at the north end of the Agate Pass Bridge after finishing their leg of the Torch Run. - Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Police Department
Bainbridge police gather at the north end of the Agate Pass Bridge after finishing their leg of the Torch Run.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Police Department

The Bainbridge Island Police Department participated once again in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Thursday, May 29.

The Kitsap County portion of the event began at the Bainbridge Island Police Station at 7 a.m. and wound through Kitsap County for most of the day before culminating at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Bainbridge officers were joined by runners from the Suquamish Police Department, Poulsbo Police Department, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the Bremerton Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics. He also saw it as an ideal way to involve local law enforcement personnel with the Special Olympics community. Thirty years later, that flicker has become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympic athletes worldwide.

This annual event is a favorite of the Bainbridge officers.

“My officers and I are excited to participate in this year’s Torch Run,” said Police Chief Matthew Hamner. “It is a meaningful event that supports a worthy cause and we are proud to participate.”

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