Aquafest queens and ambassadors took the last leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run in Lake Stevens after being handed
the torch by Lake Stevens Police Officer Joshua Holmes and Evidence Tech Deb Smith.
The sun was shining and the temperature was a perfect 63 degrees as Lake Stevens Police officers ran the torch for the Special Olympics of Washington’s summer games.
On Thursday, June 3, police staff ran several miles with the “Flame of Hope” in hand and passed it to four of the 2010 Aquafest Queens and Ambassadors, where they carried the torch to City Hall.
The handoff was made by Lake Stevens Police Evidence Tech Deb Smith to Macy Berg, 12, this year’s Pre-Teen Queen. Berg also had the company of Little Miss Queen Asheley Krutsinger, Good Will Ambassador Grace Eaglestad, and Pre-Teen Ambassador Hannah Krutsinger.
The Special Olympics has been a favorite of the Lake Stevens Police Department for several years. They have annual fundraisers at Red Robin through their Tip-A-Cop program, a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s and they also sell Torch Run t-shirts.
Police Chief Randy Celori started off the Lake Stevens leg of the run at 83rd St. NE and Soper Hill Road. He met up with Tonya Christoffersen, Lake Stevens Sewer District, at Lake Dr. and Soper Hill Road.
Christoffersen then handed the torch to Smith and Officer Joshua Holmes.
Sergeant Bob Summers ran on and off throughout the day totaling over five miles. Officer Wayne Auckerman lead the way on his motorcycle.
Lake Stevens Police Sergeant Summers and Officer Holmes are the driving force behind the fund raising for Special Olympics at the Lake Stevens Police Department.
Both took two days traveling to McChord Air Force Base where the opening ceremonies for the Summer Special Olympics kick-off event on Friday, June 4.
This year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) stopped at the Lakewood Police Department where they met with the families of the fallen police officers before heading to Fort Lewis.
This is the 37th year that Fort Lewis has hosted the Summer Olympic Games.
More than 2,500 athletes and Unified Partners, representing more than 240 teams, from across the state, will compete in track and field, power-lifting, soccer, cycling and swimming, which takes place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The athletes will be supported by 550 coaches, and 2,500 volunteers, with 3,000 family members expected to fill the stands to cheer on their athletes.