Last Friday, City of Eden Prairie employees ran three miles through Eden Prairie carrying the Minnesota Special Olympics torch. Our staff received the torch from the Minnetonka Police Department and several miles later, handed it over to the Richfield Police Department where they also met up with two Special Olympics athletes. Throughout the day the torch made its way to the University of St. Thomas where the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games were held last weekend.
The Torch Run serves as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. The money raised goes towards the cost of sending athletes to the Special Olympics games. Police Departments have a unique relationship with the Special Olympics. They are considered to be the guardians of the torch, which is also called the “Flame of Hope.” The EPPD is proud to be a part of this annual tradition and support the Special Olympic athletes.