Hundreds of law enforcement officials run to raise awareness prior to Special Olympics Summer Games

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 19:30:50-04

WAUKESHA -- Hundreds of men and women from local law enforcement agencies hit the ground running for good reason Thursday morning.

The goal? To raise money and spread awareness for the Special Olympics Summer Games. 

“I have to stretch before and I have to stretch afterward," Governor Scott Walker laughed. "But it’s a lot of fun and I’m a runner so I like to run as well."

And so do the hundreds of other law enforcement officials who are joining the governor for this momentous day. It’s year 32 of the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“A lot of times you think of law enforcement being tough and protecting us from the bad guys which they do," Governor Walker explained. "But I think with the Special Olympics it shows a soft side."

Which is why Captain Anthony Pine of the New Berlin PD said he’s such a fan of the event. 

“Everybody that gets into law enforcement, they want to do good, they want to help out, and you realize that this is one of the big functions where you can actually see the fruits of your reward," Captain Pine said. 

Each year, there are several legs of the race, and the one in Waukesha is just one of them. You may have seen other law enforcement officials running or biking around the greater Milwaukee area too, most of them are en route to the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Stevens Point — preparing to celebrate the nearly 1,400 athletes who compete in the games over the weekend.