Police officers to carry torch for Special Olympics

May 29, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore police officers carrying torches will run through city streets Thursday to raise money and awareness for the Maryland Special Olympic games, which are scheduled to open Friday at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The run will commence at 9 a.m. at Belair Road and Northern Parkway in Northeast Baltimore. Runners will head south to North Avenue and then west to Monroe Street. From there, they will run south to Washington Boulevard, ending up in Southwest Baltimore.

It is part of a nationwide series of "torch runs" by law enforcement officers, who traditionally have promoted the Special Olympic games. People along the route can buy T-shirts for $12 and hats for $10 to help support the cause. The purchases are tax-deductible.

"The torch run is law enforcement's way of showing support and bringing awareness to the needs of the Special Olympic athletes in Maryland," said Lt. Carl Gutberlet, who is heading up the fund-raising campaign.

After opening ceremonies for Maryland's games Friday, events will be held Saturday and Sunday6. For more information, Gutberlet can be reached during business hours at 410-396-2628..

Pub Date: 5/29/99

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