CONWAY POLICE DEPT. TO RUN IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RELAY

by Christian Mower on May 16, 2012

CONTINUING AN ANNUAL TRADITION THAT ALWAYS DRAWS CHEERING SPECTATORS, MEMBERS OF THE CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE GEARING UP FOR THURSDAY MORNING’S SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RUN RELAY DOWN ROUTE 16 FROM INTERVALE TO CONWAY VILLAGE.

DETECTIVE CHRIS MATTEI HAS RUN THE RELAY EACH OF THE SEVEN YEARS HE’S BEEN ON THE CONWAY FORCE.

HE’S THE LEG LEADER, AND EXPLAINS THE RELAY WILL BEGIN UP IN JACKSON WITH MEMBERS OF THE JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT, THEN GO THROUGH BARTLETT WITH MEMBERS OF THE BARTLETT POLICE DEPARTMENT BEFORE REACHING INTERVALE, WHERE THE TORCH WILL BE PASSED TO MEMBERS OF THE CONWAY DEPARTMENT.

EACH LEG WILL BE LED BY A POLICE CRUISER AND ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPPORT VAN AND AMBULANCE.

MATTEI SAYS THE EVENT IS A WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

CIVILIANS CAN JOIN THE RUNNERS IF THEY SIGN A WAIVER FORM WITH POLICE PRIOR TO THE RUN.

MATTEI EXPECTS AS MANY AS 15 CONWAY OFFICERS TO RUN AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE NEARLY SIX AND A HALF MILES DOWN ROUTE 16 TO CONWAY, WHERE THEY WILL BE JOINED BY SPECIAL OLYMPIANS FOR THE LAST QUARTER MILE TO THE CONWAY FIRE STATION ON MAIN STREET.

THE CONWAY PORTION OF THE RELAY WILL START NEAR THE SCENIC VISTA IN NORTH CONWAY ABOUT 10 A.M. THURSDAY.