CONWAY P.D. RUNS SPECIAL OLYMPICS RELAY

by Christian Mower on May 8, 2013

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND STAFF IN CARROLL COUNTY WILL START THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS “FLAME OF HOPE” TORCH RELAY ON ITS FIRST LEG FRIDAY MORNING MAY 10, 2013.

IT’S THE 29TH YEAR OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE – THE IDEA IS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS – AND FUNDS TO SUPPORT ITS ATHLETES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF MAY, 2013 – WHEN MORE THAN 3,000 COMPETITORS ARE EXPECTED AT THE OPENING OF THE SUMMER GAMES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IN DURHAM – OFFICERS AND ATHLETES AROUND NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL RUN 18 LEGS IN THE TORCH RELAY, COVERING MORE THAN 800 MILES.

CONWAY DETECTIVE SGT. CHRIS MATTEI IS THE LONGTIME TORCH RUN RELAY LEG LEADER FOR THE CONWAY AREA. HE AND CONWAY POLICE DISPATCHER RACHEL FECTEAU EXPECT TO START FRIDAY AT 8:30 A.M. WITH JACKSON POLICE OFFICERS ON ROUTE 16 NEAR EAGLE MOUNTAIN ROAD, THEN RUN SOUTH TO BARTLETT, WHERE THE TORCH WILL BE PASSED TO BARTLETT OFFICERS ABOUT 9 A.M., THEN SOUTH TO INTERVALE, ARRIVING SOMETIME ABOUT 9:45 A.M. – WHERE THE CONWAY DEPARTMENT MEMBERS AND MADISON POLICE OFFICERS WILL TAKE THE TORCH – THEN CONTINUE SOUTH ON ROUTE 16, ENDING IN CONWAY VILLAGE.

MORE THAN TWO DOZEN SPECIAL OLYMPIANS ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN THE RUNNERS AT CONWAY MARKETPLACE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS – AND THEN EVERYONE WILL CELEBRATE WITH A COOKOUT AT THE CONWAY FIRE STATION.

MATTEI SAYS MEMBERS OF HIS DEPARTMENT LOOK FORWARD TO RUNNING THE RELAY EVERY YEAR.
THE RELAY IN CARROLL COUNTY PICKS UP AGAIN SATURDAY MAY 18, 2013 WHEN NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE TROOPERS FROM TROOP E IN TAMWORTH START THE NEXT LEG SOUTH TO WOLFEBORO.

MATTEI SAYS SOMETIME IN JUNE, 2013 CONWAY OFFICERS WILL PUMP GAS FOR A DAY AT A GAS STATION IN CONWAY, WITH A PORTION OF THE SALES GOING TO THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GAMES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.sonh.org.

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