Law Enforcement Torch Run back in Wilton
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will be in Wilton June 10, and officers of the Wilton Police Department will participate.
“Here in Wilton what we do is we go up to Ridgefield at 9 a.m. and our officers run with their officers for the 2.5-mile Ridgefield Torch Run,” said Wilton police Lt. Robert Kluk.
“Then we all get in cars and drive back down to Wilton, to run our leg of the Torch Run. Eight or nine guys usually volunteer,” he said.
In Wilton, after setting out from the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church parking lot on New Canaan Road, Wilton police officers will:
- 9:42 a.m. — Turn left onto Route 106 (New Canaan Road);
- 9:45 a.m. — Turn right into the Miller-Driscoll School parking lot;
- 9:47 a.m. — Turn right onto Route 106 (Wolfpit Road);
- 9:54 a.m. — Turn left onto Horseshoe Road;
- 9:56 a.m. — Continue onto River Road;
- 10:06 a.m. — Turn right onto Center Street;
- 10:06 a.m. — Turn right onto Route 33 South;
- 10:08 a.m. — Turn right onto Route 7 South;
- 10:13 a.m. — Turn left into Town Hall and arrive at Wilton police headquarters.
“We have an initiative called ‘Adopt a Mile’,” Kluk said. “We go to businesses in town and solicit, and they get a little sign that says ‘Adopt a Mile’ and we put that out on the route. It’s a little placard with the business name on it, and after the run we pick up the signs and give them back to the businesses, so they can display them and say they were sponsors.”
Another fund-raiser that gives 100% of proceeds to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut is the Wilton Police Department’s ‘Tip-a-Cop’ program, where officers serve patrons at Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar and donate the tips they earn.
“We also have donation jars at Village Market for the Special Olympics that people can put change in,” Kluk said.
Police departments in Connecticut that participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run compete to see which can raise the most money for Special Olympics Connecticut.
“Last year we set a goal of $7,500 and got $10,000. Our goal this year is a little higher. We’re shooting for $12,000 to $15,000, so we’re upping the ante a little bit,” Kluk said.
Kluk said the Wilton Police Department has been raising money for and participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run since at least since 1999.
“We do it for Special Olympics of Connecticut. It’s just an unbelievably fantastic organization. They do so much for the special athletes and to see them compete and see smiles on their faces when they’re competing, I can’t explain how good it makes you feel,” said Kluk.
“The more you see them and the more you are around them, the more time you want to put into helping them out.”
The 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut will cover more than 500 miles and pass through more than 100 cities and towns.
More than 1,500 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes are expected to participate.
Officers represent local, state, and federal departments, agencies and correctional facilities.
Spectators are encouraged. People may line up along the route June 10 and cheer Wilton police officers on as they run.