“We start together. We finish together,” said Nichole Hudson prior to leading the first Law Enforcement Torch Run held in Grand Haven in a decade.
“That’s what community does,” the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officer added.
Members of the North Travel Torch Team led a community run through downtown Grand Haven to Coast Guard Station Grand Haven on Harbor Drive, then back along the boardwalk with a finish next to the Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium.
“I’m thankful that we were allowed to bring this event back to the City of Grand Haven,” Hudson said. “I appreciate the community, participants and everyone who was involved.”
Hudson said she is looking forward to making the event bigger and bring awareness and money back to the Special Olympics Michigan athletes, which benefit from the annual Torch Run. As the state’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate, she explained.
“I feel privileged and honored to be a part of something bigger than myself and seeing the smiles on the athletes,” Hudson said. “The long week of traveling Michigan and running is worth it when you see that you are really making a difference.”
The North Travel Team started in Flint on Saturday and has been making community runs throughout the state. They headed north Wednesday evening for a run this morning in Big Rapids, with plans for two other runs today in Mount Pleasant and Midland.