Community torch run
The Iron Mountain Community Torch Run made a strong return Tuesday after having to go virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The local fundraising event by area law enforcement — Michigan State Police, Iron Mountain and Kingsford Public Safety and Norway Police — began at the MSP Post on Iron Mountain’s North Side and wound south down U.S. 2/Stephenson Avenue to the Iron Mountain Police Department office in the downtown. This year’s event drew about 50 participants, including local special needs students and their caretakers, who as usual received Torch Run T-shirts and had a celebration and snack after completing the run/walk. “And it just shows the community coming together,” said MSP Trooper Geno Basanese, who helped coordinate the local event and who carried the lit torch. Many other communities across the state were expected to have their own Torch Run during the “Flame of Hope” week. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics Michigan’s largest grassroots fundraising program, drawing funding for more than 20,000 athletes, according to Special Olympics Michigan.