IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WZMQ) – In a heartwarming display of solidarity, Carla White, an esteemed Executive Council Member and Co-Captain of the U.P. Travel Team for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Michigan, is at the forefront of an inspiring movement this week.
A total of 30 torch runs, meticulously organized and led by Michigan’s dedicated law enforcement personnel, unfolded across the state throughout the week.
Nine of these torch runs are igniting the Upper Peninsula with fervor. The picturesque Copper Harbor set the stage by commencing their annual 750-mile run just yesterday, which will end in Belle Isle, near Detroit. Meanwhile, in Dickinson County this morning, the scene was equally electric. Officers representing various local agencies converged at the Iron Mountain State Police Post, where they were joined by enthusiastic local athletes from the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District. Together, they embarked on their 10th annual 2-mile walk, symbolizing unity, and a shared commitment.
White emphasized the inclusivity of these runs, stating, “Anybody can come out, you can run, you can walk, you can ride a bike. We don’t care. It’s just all about raising funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. And it’s just a great time for them to get out and interact with law enforcement on a positive note.”
Trooper Geno Basanese of the Michigan State Police post in Iron Mountain commented, stating, “The big part of this is really raising awareness, and raising money. The awareness is huge, in my part, and I know the money is too, and if people are able to donate that’s great. But even if you’re not able to donate, if you could just come out and just show support. That is absolutely paramount. It’s really exciting because we have athletes that are here today, and they’re going to be with us.”
The agencies followed their traditional route from the Michigan State Police post, ending their walk at the Iron Mountain Police Department, where a meal was shared among those in attendance. Representatives from Iron Mountain’s Caringhouse also actively participated in the event. The law enforcement agencies credited the department of public works for blocking off the lane, which enabled the walk to take place. Pastor Dave Johnson of EMCA Lutheran Parish of Dickinson County gave a blessing at the start of the event. The pastor represents two local churches, including Bethany of Norway and Calvary of Quinnesec.
Currently, the Marquette Flame of Hope Run is underway, with updates scheduled for 11/10 Central. Tomorrow, Munising will host a 5K Fun Run to add to the support of the Special Olympics.
For those who cannot make an event to show support but would like to donate to the Special Olympics, visit: