by Lisa Tome
TFC Michael Cox and DFC Sean Mahoney are doing their best to shine a light on Cecil County's Special Olympics.
The pair, Cox, from the Maryland State Police's North East Barrack, and Mahoney, from the Cecil Sheriff's Office, have teamed up to coordinate the Cecil County leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run.
The event is set for Monday, June 2. The run is expected to begin about 9 a.m. It will impact traffic on Route 40 from the Delaware line to North East.
Runners will also travel on Route 272 and onto North East's Main Street before stopping in the Community Park in that town.
They have also invited fellow law enforcement officers from Elkton Police, North East Police, Rising Sun Police, Perry Point Police, JFK Highway Barrack troopers, Perryville Police, corrections staff from Cecil County Detention Center, local attorneys, and representatives from the Office of the State's Attorney.
If all goes as planned, Department of Natural Resources Police will transport the torch by boat from North East Park across the Susquehanna to Havre de Grace.
DFC Mahoney has participated in the run since 2008. This is the second year he signed on as an event coordinator.
"I do it because I don't have that many opportunities to give back," said Mahoney. "Sports was a huge part of my upbringing. I think it should be that way for everyone. I don't think anyone should be denied the right to participate due to a disability. This is such an important thing for kids."
TFC Cox started running for the event in 2007. He started coordinating it in 2011.
He said that when he started running, just a handful of police officers participated.
Last year, about 60 folks, including family and friends of officers, did the Torch Run in Cecil.
"We want to make it as big as we can. Last year, we got a lot of support," said Cox.
The State Highway has now signed on as a partner to make the run safer.
Bus contractor Adam Kunda donates the use of a bus so runners can take a break for the 10 plus mile run.
Local businesses also donate items for the picnic for the participants.
The fund raising aspect comes into play. Each runner is asked to make at least a $20 donation to the cause. Mahoney and Cox also sell t-shirts for $15 each. They are available to all.
For more information or to buy Torch Run 2014 shirts, email Michael.Cox@Maryland.Gov or Sean.Mahoney@ccdps.org.