Law enforcement officers from throughout the region will be taking part today and tomorrow in the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run.
For those in Kitsap County, the yearly event will take on special meaning. They are dedicating the Kitsap County portion of the run to Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Raduelscu, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this year. The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association bought a special torch for a portion of the run.
The torch run begins at 7 a.m. at the Bainbridge Island Police Department. It will weave to Port Orchard.
Around noon, the State Patrol’s special torch will be lit with the regular Special Olympics torch during a ceremony at the Port Orchard Marina.
Runners will carry the torch from the Port Orchard Police Department, through Gig Harbor, down the Cushman Trail and across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
The last part of the run will start at 5 p.m. Friday from the Lakewood Police Department. Runners will take the torch from the station to Joint Base Lewis McChord for this weekend’s Special Olympics Summer Games.
The torch run will not close any lanes of state Route 16. The State Patrol also says there should be minimal traffic disruption.
“Motorists encountering the runners and escort vehicles along eastbound SR 16 are encouraged to move to the left lane as they approach and safely (drive) around the runners,” a State Patrol press release states.