Garrett Ramos of the Sterling Fire Department (left), and Sterling police Sgts. Jeffrey Mohr and Todd Messer trot down Lynn Boulevard Wednesday afternoon in the annual Special Olympics Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run, held to raise awareness and funds for the games. Fulton police, state police and Whiteside County Sheriff's officers left State Police District 1 headquarters, 3107 E. Lincolnway, at 1 p.m., ran west on Lynn and ended 4.2 miles later at Self Help Enterprises, 2300 W. LeFevre, where they were greeted by cheering Special Olympics athletes and others. The Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games begin Friday in Normal. Local athletes participate through the Northwestern Illinois Division based in Rockford, which serves nearly 1,500 athletes in nine counties, including Lee, Whiteside, Ogle and Carroll. Donations to the organization can made at soill.org, or sent to Whiteside County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Henson, 400 N. Cherry St., Morrison, IL 61270.