Special Olympics Torch Run blazes trail through Fairfield
Lunchtime traffic along the Post Road in downtown Fairfield paused Friday when the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run came to town.
The run was to culminate Friday night at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven to mark the opening of the annual Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games.
It was the 25th year for the torch run, which is Special Olympics' single largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness event. Lower Fairfield County's leg of the run began in Greenwich around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
More than 1,500 law-enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes participate in the torch run.
Fairfield's leg of the event, which ended just over the town's eastern border on North Avenue in Bridgeport, included officers from the Fairfield Police Department and the Public Safety Department at Fairfield University. Leading the way were motorcycle officers from several departments including the State Police.
The entourage made a stop at Sherman Green downtown for sandwiches and much-appreciated cold water.