Torch Run line up APD
Friday's morose monsoons gave way to crisp clear skies with just enough of a breeze to bolster a body at work, ideal New England weather for a three mile jaunt through Amherst to UMass, as men and women of the Amherst Police Department co-hosted the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a special benefit for a special event: the Massachusetts Special Olympics.
Torch Run hits Amherst town center
Hampden County Sheriff's Department and UMPD also helped co-sponsor the heart warming event.
Torch Run greeted by AFD at Central Station
About 35 participants gathered at APD headquarters, 111 Main Street, and when the gun sounded at 7:00 PM they set a comfortable pace up the hill into town center behind a fleet of escort vehicles.
Torch Run passes UMass Commonwealth Honors College new dorms
Near the end of the run the pack was joined by a horde of UMass athletes from the basketball, football and soccer programs for the final sprint into Berkshire Dining Commons where the (electronic) torch was illuminated before a packed standing room only crowd.
Final few yards, torch in hand
In 2012 the statewide events raised $220,000 in total to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics. Pretty special indeed.
Torch all fired up