Apache Junction torch run promotes Special Olympics

Members of the Apache Junction and Mesa police departments participated in the torch run (Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA).

Members of the Apache Junction and Mesa police departments participated in the torch run (Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA).

On May 1, about 14 members of the Apache Junction Police Department ran and rode bicycles during the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The purpose of the run, which was created in 1981, is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

Local public safety personnel received the torch from members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at U.S. Highway 60 and South Superstition Mountain Road in Gold Canyon and carried it along an 8.5-mile stretch to Old West Highway and West Apache Trail where they met with members of the Apache Junction Teens Special Olympics team from Apache Junction High School at North Idaho Road.

Matt Schacherbauer of the AJTSO got to carry the torch with his parents, Mike and Jodi Kotos nearby, alongside the public safety crew to Phelps Drive, where participants posed for a group photo.

The teens returned the torch to the AJPD, who continued along West Apache Trail to North Signal Butte Road, where they handed off the torch to members of the Mesa Police Department.

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