Hot temperatures didn’t stop local law enforcement from running for a good cause Tuesday evening.

The St. Joseph Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department and Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run at Missouri Western State University.

The annual 5K raises money and awareness for Special Olympic athletes.

“It is the way law enforcement participates to raise money for our area athletes to help them go to summer games, international conferences and other activities,” said Rita Ketchem, executive administrative assistant with the St. Joseph Police Department.

Ketchem has been coordinating the local torch run for the last 21 years.

In past years, local law enforcement would run the St. Joseph River Walk, but due to construction, the group hit the trails at Missouri Western.

The run was created by law enforcement and started in Kansas in 1986 as a 30-mile run. Today, it is an 11-day relay covering more than 950 miles of Missouri. This year’s relay began May 21 and continues through June 1.

Law enforcement in Northwest Missouri conquered its route Tuesday.

The run kicked off with Maryville law enforcement running South U.S. Highway 71 from Maryville at 9 a.m. Then the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H ran from Kawasaki in Maryville and ended south of 308th Street.

Savannah law enforcement took over from there and jogged to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. By the time they finished, St. Joseph law enforcement took the trails of Missouri Western.

The Northwest region finished out in Cameron, Missouri.

By Kristen Carver | News Press Now