Members of the Copperas Cove Police Department carried the Special Olympics Torch on a 2½-mile loop through the city Tuesday for their part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
About 20 runners joined the effort from the police and fire departments, as well as City Manager Andrea Gardner. The group trekked down Avenue D, U.S. Highway 190, Main Street and Avenue E before stopping at the police station.
According to the Special Olympics-Texas website, the Law Enforcement Torch Run started in 1981 by Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. It is now the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness event for the Special Olympics.
Police Sgt. Les Nace said the department works throughout the year to raise money for the Special Olympics, but the torch run provides more local funds to the event each year than other fundraising programs.