La Crosse and other area police departments came together Thursday for a good cause.
Area police officers biked and ran with a torch to support local Special Olympics before they depart to the state meet this weekend. The officers started by lighting the torch at the bandshell at Riverside Park. They then made their way to Black River Beach.
All of the money raised from the event goes directly to the Special Olympics through their fundraisers.
Officers say today is a special day and are honored to take part, "It's amazing, to be involved in the beginning process and put all the planning into this one run that we did here in La Crosse and knowing that there are a lot of other agencies and communities doing the same thing and seeing all those little events come to one in Stevens Point is incredible," said La Crosse Police Department officer Tyler Rachwal.
Rachwal added, "It's amazing to be a part of an organization that you get so much out of it. We get to interact with the athletes on a regular basis and the love and support that they have for us is outstanding and if we can take a little bit of time out of our day to send them off to Stevens Point and wish them luck it's just so rewarding."
The torch run today is just one of the legs before the torch will reach Stevens Point for the Special Olympics opening ceremonies