Local leg of 'Flame of Hope' run to take place this Saturday

BERLIN — The Law Enforcement Torch Run for New Hampshire's Special Olympics will take place this Saturday, May 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. Federal Bureau of Prisons employee Mandi Cote and Berlin Police Officer Hollie Dube are co-coordinators for the leg from Milan to Gorham as well as the leg from Jackson to Gorham.

The Milan to Gorham leg of the run will start at the bridge near the Milan Town Hall/Fire Department and will end at Libby Pool in Gorham. Staff members from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be participating in this leg, which covers 15 miles.

The Jackson to Gorham leg will start at Ridge Road in Jackson and will end at Libby’s Pool in Gorham. The FCI Berlin Special Operations Response Team has volunteered to complete this leg, which covers 19 miles.

LETR events are part of the “Flame of Hope" program that honors Special Olympics athletes across the nation by raising money for programs, training and equipment. Saturday, the Granite State torch will be carried over 500 miles across New Hampshire and will arrive at University of New Hampshire on June 2 for opening ceremonies.

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is more than just an event. It is a time for law enforcement to celebrate and honor our heroes – the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire. If by carrying the “Flame of hope” across the state, we can show the athletes half the admiration and respect they show us, then we have accomplished our goal,” said Cote.

Participants can run or bike as far as they want. There will be support vehicles following the runners that will help anyone who needs it. Runners can also jump in it if they get tired. Runners and bikers can join in wherever they want along the route. Visit http://www.sonh.org/support-and-fundraising-events/LESO/ to see the route and other information.

The Special Olympics New Hampshire website also includes information for other and events that are being held across the state.