La Crosse, Onalaska police participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run

Event raises awareness, funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin

La Crosse and Onalaska police participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday morning.

Law enforcement from more than 45 communities in Wisconsin participated in the Torch Run in an effort to raise awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen joined law enforcement  officers who ran or biked the 8.5-mile path from the Kwik Trip at 4605 Mormon Coulee Road in La Crosse to the Kwik Trip at 9421 Highway 16 in Onalaska.

“We’d come out here anytime to support Special Olympics, because it’s one of those events we really feel strongly about and love to participate in every year,” said La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer.

All participants will converge at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Summer Games Opening Ceremony. They’ll run the Final Leg together carrying the torch to kick off the Games. The State Summer Games Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m.

Nearly 1,200 athletes, including 29 from the La Crosse area, who will compete in soccer, athletics, aquatics and powerlifting at the State Summer Games on June 5-6.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $2.3 million with nearly 900 registered participants representing more than 100 law enforcement agencies annually.