Special Olympics torch comes to Bellerose

RAISE THE ROOF – Bellerose Composite student Hayden Manderscheid (right) pumps up the crowd during the visit of the 2024 Special Olympics torch to the school on Feb. 26. Volunteer Scott Galloway holds the torch.

Bellerose Composite students erupted in cheers Monday as a team of Special
Olympic torchbearers burst through their front door.

Runners with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) arrived at Bellerose on Feb. 26 as part of the Final Leg torch run for the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary.

The 2024 Calgary Games run from Feb. 27 to March 2 and will see some 4,000 athletes, coaches, and guests take part in eight different sports to win medals and celebrate persons with intellectual disabilities.

LETR is a group of about 100,000 law enforcement officials who raise money for the Special Olympics around the world, said Braylon Hyggen, the group’s past provincial director and a constable with
the Lethbridge Police Service. The group’s main event is the Final Leg torch run that leads up to various regional, national, and international Special Olympics events. The 2024 Final Leg run for the Calgary Games started in Lethbridge on Feb. 23 and visited Coaldale, Taber, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Camrose, Banff, Red Deer, Innisfail, and Canmore before arriving in St. Albert on Feb. 26.

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