Law enforcement officers representing various police agencies throughout Carroll County will escort the Special Olympics Maryland Flame of Hope starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The run will start from five separate points around the county and travel to Westminster, where the groups will meet to present the flame in a brief ceremony at noon in front of City Hall.
Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers from the Maryland State Police; Sykesville, Hampstead, Manchester, Westminster and Taneytown police departments; Carroll County Sheriff's Office; McDaniel College Office of Campus Safety; Springfield Hospital Police; and State Fire Marshal's Office will escort the flame through the towns to McDaniel College, and along Main Street to Westminster City Hall.
Motorists should be aware that the runners will be out on the road Tuesday morning and should be cautious when driving near them. The various routes that day will be:
Sykesville leg: Runners/bikers will leave Sykesville Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. and travel north on Route 32, west on Liberty Road to Route 97 to McDaniel College.
Hampstead/Manchester leg: Runners/bikers will leave Hampstead Town Hall at 9 a.m. and travel north to Manchester, where they will join Manchester runners and travel south on Route 27 to McDaniel College.
Taneytown leg: Runners/bikers will leave Taneytown at 9 a.m. and travel east on Route 140 to WMC Drive to McDaniel College.
Mount Airy leg: Runners/bikers will leave Mount Airy at 9 a.m. and travel north on Route 27 to McDaniel College.
Union Bridge/New Windsor leg: Runners/bikers will leave Union Bridge at 9 a.m. and travel east through New Windsor to McDaniel College.
Final leg: Runners/bikers will leave McDaniel College at noon and travel east along Main Street to City Hall where a Torch Run welcoming ceremony and celebration will take place.