Area law enforcement agencies invite you to join them for a 5K run to support the Special Olympics. This event is coming to Western Colorado on Saturday, May 14, and you should give serious consideration to participating. Here are five reasons why you should get on board.

Each year during the month of May, hundreds of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) officers, along with Special Olympics Colorado athletes, carry the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" across the state of Colorado. When it's all said and done, LETR's will carry the torch more than 1,500 miles as a prelude to the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Torch Run is coming up Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m., at the Walter Walker Wildlife Area. Officers from various agencies in Mesa County will participate. You are invited to join in, too.

Need your arm twisted a little? Here are five reasons you should participate:

  • The event is open to walkers, joggers, runners, and even bike riders.
  • You can support local kids by participating in this event in the morning, and then attending the Lee Greenwood concert supporting G.A.N.G. later that same evening
  • This event is an experience you'll remember forever
  • It's a chance to support your local law enforcement agencies
  • You be participating in an event touching thousands of lives right here in Western Colorado

There you go, five solid reasons to participate. There are a few details to work out. Registration fees are:

  • Adults: $30
  • Student/SOCO Athlete : $20 (includes t-shirt)
  • Walk up registration gets underway at 8 a.m.

Question: How do you find the Walter Walker Wildlife Area? Head south on G Road off of Highway 6 & 50. Then take River Road west as if you're heading to Fruita. When you see Rail Head Circle, turn south, then drive to the end of the road. It sounds a little complex, but it's really easy to find.

If you've participated in any local events such this, the Rose Hill Rally for example, then you already know how much fun they can be. We have a great community, and the best jogging/cycling environment in the world. Get out and make the most of it. Make plans to participate in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Torch Run.