According to Special Olympics Illinois, approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in June in Normal.
Community members can show their support for Special Olympics Illinois by attending any of the fundraisers hosted by the Villa Park Police Department or by donating to the Torch Run.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Villa Park Police joined in the intrastate relay leading to the Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games June 7, 2015.
The June 7 leg of the relay began at the DuPage County Courthouse, 501 W. County Farm Road in Wheaton. The run continued through Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago, Warrenville, Naperville, Woodridge, Westmont, Oak Brook, Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Addison and Bloomingdale. The Villa Park portion began at the Ruggard Gazebo near Ardmore Avenue and Central Boulevard.