Midcoast law enforcement personnel hit the streets June 8 to participate in the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Runners made their way south from Camden along Route 1, leaving at 8 a.m. from the Camden Town Office. Runners made their way from Camden to Thomaston along Route 1, leaving at 8 a.m. from the Camden Town Office and arriving in Thomaston by mid-morning. Leading the first leg of the run was Graham Wiley of Camden.

Nearly 600 members of Maine’s law enforcement agencies are taking part in the run, June 7-10. Participants carry the Flame of Hope to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Maine.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of Maine’s largest fundraising events for Special Olympics. Officers began in Berwick on June 7 and ran the torch to Kittery. On Wednesday, the torch made its way to Brunswick from several different legs. There are 15 legs of the race. It will also be coming down from Fort Kent and Madawaska.

All legs will culminate at the University of Maine at Orono on Friday, June 10 for the final leg and ceremony on the Mall at UMO and will then continue on in the parade and opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

Last year’s Torch Run raised more than $200,000 for Special Olympics Maine.