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Special Olympics Torch Run trots through Lansing

LANSING, Ill. (June 6, 2023) – The Lansing Police Department joined Special Olympics participants and their families in running up Burnham Avenue Tuesday morning as part of the 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The run, according to Special Olympics Illinois’ website, “is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The Torch Run has two goals – to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.”

Lansing’s runners started at Burnham Avenue and 193rd Street and ran north to the Calumet City border at the Little Calumet River, about three miles. There, Lansing passed the torch on to Calumet City.

The run included roughly a dozen LPD representatives, with more on bikes and in squad cars. Families and others supporters came out as well — including Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam and Village Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich.

Photos from the run are below:

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. Lansing PD participated early on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


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Erica Bouwman (left) and Ryan Persenaire stood near Burnham Avenue awaiting the torch runners. Ryan ran a leg of the route north towards Calumet City. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Lansing’s law enforcement took to the streets Tuesday morning to run in support of Special Olympics Illinois. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Joe Glowacki proudly trots the torch north on Burnham Avenue Tuesday morning. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Joe hands the torch to Jacob near Burnham Avenue and Bernice Road. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Keith proudly carried the torch during the last leg of the run. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Calumet City Police took the torch at the Lansing-Calumet City border. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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After handing off the torch to Calumet City, the group that participated in the 2023 Torch Run gathered for a photo. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.