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Tuesday, March 20 News

Special Olympics Torch Run blazes through town

Though slightly behind schedule, the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run passed though Westport and Fairfield around lunchtime Friday, heralding the ceremonial start of the state's summer games later that day in New Haven.

Friday was the last leg of the torch run, which had started in Greenwich. As the runners headed east from Fairfield, they would be following Route 1 to the Southern Connecticut State University campus in New Haven for the games.

The runners were police officers and Special Olympics athletes, escorted by motorcycle and bicycle contingents from state and local police.

The torch run is the larger grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics, and worldwide, has raised more than $414 million. The first torch run in Connecticut was held in 1986.

This year, the state's fundraising goal was $50,000.