Northwestern Ontario law enforcement carry Special Olympics torch to American border

Drivers travelling down Highway 61, south of Thunder Bay, Ont., to the American border crossing at Pigeon River may notice some extra law enforcement on the highway on Monday.

Law Enforcement Torch Run has been taking place in Ontario since 1987, will cross border at Pigeon River

Law enforcement officers among a number of agencies in northwestern Ontario are scheduled to run the Special Olympics torch to the Pigeon River border crossing Monday. (Special Olympics)

Drivers travelling down Highway 61, south of Thunder Bay, Ont., to the American border crossing at Pigeon River may notice some extra law enforcement on the highway on Monday.

Representatives from a number of agencies, including the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, Thunder Bay police, border services, corrections, Anishinabek police and Nishnawbe Aski police, were scheduled to take the Special Olympics torch to the Thunder Bay-area border crossing along with local athletes as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The run started at 8 a.m.

The flame was scheduled to be handed off to a contingent of law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes from Minnesota, with the final destination being the Special Olympics State Summer Games on June 23.

The torch run is one of a number of fundraising efforts among law enforcement for Special Olympics, officials for the run said in a media release.

The run has been taking place in Ontario since 1987 and has raised more than $35 million.