Special Olympics Torch Run goes through East Hartford
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 10, 2011
Members of the East Hartford Police Department participated in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics, carrying the torch down Main Street as it passed through town.
The event marked the opening of the Special Olympic Games, which is scheduled to take place June 11 and 12 in New Haven. The torch was carried from Enfield to Hartford June 9, with one leg of the trip passing through East Windsor, South Windsor, East Hartford and Glastonbury. The torch arrived in New Haven on June 10.
The torch was carried by police department members of each town and then handed off to the next town. Accompanied by an escort of fellow officers on motorcycles and in cars, the EHPD runners picked up the torch at the town line near South Windsor and carried it through town, down Main Street to the Glastonbury line.
Jeff Beiler, who drove the pace truck during the Enfield to Glastonbury trip, has been a Special Olympics volunteer for 18 years, and he has coordinated the torch run for the past six years.
“I started off as a Special Olympics volunteer while I was in high school, and I continued while in college,” Beiler said. “I enjoy coaching sports and I’ve coached two sports for the Games. It's been very rewarding, and the Games will be great this year.”