The local leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run was held this morning in Genesee County. The Law Enforcement Torch Run helps raise awareness and funds to benefit Special Olympics throughout the nation.
Runners started at the Genesee ARC Day Habilitation Center in Elba, and ended at the Administrative Offices and Work Center at 64 Walnut Street, Batavia.
At the start of the race, Dale Baldwin helped officers carry the torch before the group headed south down Route 98 towards Batavia.
In the city, due to road construction along Walnut Street, runners entered the ARC property via Franklin Street.
Martin Gielow, in his wheelchair, helped runners carry the torch for the final stretch, completing the almost 7 mile trek.
According to event coordinator, Detective Todd Crossett of the City of Batavia Police, runners from his department were joined by The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, LeRoy Police Department and the U.S. Army. “It’s a real team effort, for a great cause,” the Detective said.