by Lauren KruparReporterCuyahoga Falls -- Police officers from across the state will take to the roads beginning June 18 and run to support the Special Olympics."It's a very worthwhile event," Capt. Jack Davis said. "It's a chance to give back."More than 10 Cuyahoga Falls police officers will participate in the department's fourth annual Law Enforcement Torch Run June 20. The local Torch Run -- there are five in Ohio -- starts in Ashtabula County June 18 and ends with officers running into Columbus June 22 in time for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics.By the early afternoon hours of June 20, the torch will have traveled through Stow, Munroe Falls and into Tallmadge, where Cuyahoga Falls officers will join the run.The officers will then run to Weaver School, at the intersection of Howe Avenue and Route 91, for a special visit."It's a simple thing, but it has a big impact," Davis said. "You run 3 miles to Weaver School and you give the kids there a big thrill."The Special Olympic's torch arrives at the school escorted by several police cruisers and a local Special Olympic athlete."Weaver School is the place to be," local run organizer and Barberton police officer Shannon Davis said. "It's just awesome to see those kids."The Law Enforcement Torch Run, also open to firefighters and paramedics, began in 1981 in Kansas and became a national event in 1984.Shannon Davis said she's participated in the Torch Run for 10 years, leading the local leg for the last two years."It's a blast," she said. "When you go to Columbus and run into the stadium, you just hear the cheers. It's just amazing. I'm hooked."To donate to the Torch Run, contact Shannon Davis at the Barberton Police Department, 576 West Park Ave., Barberton 44203.E-mail: lkrupar@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3915