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Law Enforcement Torch Run heads through Ferndale Thursday WEDNESDAY

Washington Special Olympics' Flame of Hope passes through Ferndale on its way to the Spring Games at JBLM. (June 1, 2016). Photo courtesy Special Olympics Washington via twitter

Members of several law enforcement agencies will be running and biking across Washington State as they participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) to benefit Special Olympics. The route will bring participants and their supporters through Ferndale Thursday Wednesday morning.

According to Bellingham Police Sergeant Keith Johnson, the torch will begin the over 150-mile trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Peace Arch Park at 7am Thursday Wednesday.

The torch carrier is expected to reach Custer around 8:30am. From there the route will follow Portal Way to Grandview Road and then on to Vista Drive, continuing south on Vista Drive into downtown Ferndale. The runner and supporters will take 3rd Avenue to Main Street, Main Street to Hovander Road and follow Hovander Road to W Smith Road, following W Smith Road out of Ferndale.

Neighbors are encouraged to come out and cheer on the torch carriers.

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Sgt. Johnson said agencies participating in the Whatcom County segments of LETR are Border Patrol, FBI, Ferndale Police Department and Bellingham Police Department.

According to Special Olympics Washington, nearly 2,000 law enforcement personnel are involved in Washington State LETR efforts and their efforts raise over half a million dollars annually for local programs. Fundraising programs include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cop and more according to the Special Olympics website. Since its beginning in 1981, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs.

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