Jim Markel of the Monroeville Police Department carries the Special Olympics torch for the first leg of the team's run in the 2017 'Be A Fan' Law Enforcement Torch Run on Tuesday afternoon, May 30, 2017. The Monroeville team picked up the torch from Penn Hills at the Sheetz on Duff Road in Monroeville and carried it for 3.1 miles to Alpine Village for the handoff to the Murrysville team.
Teams in the Law Enforcement “Be a Fan” Torch Run for Special Olympics started the annual event on Tuesday morning at PNC Park in the North Side, and traveled east to Penn Hills, Monroeville and other areas.
Police officers from Penn Hills and Monroeville took part in what will be a three-day, 150-mile run that consists of 56 legs and ends at Penn State University.
More than 50 law enforcement teams from across Pennsylvania are expected to take part in the run, which kicks off the 2017 Summer Games in State College, according to Special Olympics. The Torch Run is to end with the lighting of the cauldron at opening ceremonies on Thursday.