HAMBURG, NY - Local law enforcement ran for a cause in Hamburg Wednesday.

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises money for the New York Special Olympics, is led by "Guardians of the Flame" a group of over 6,000 law enforcement personnel from 470 different agencies around the state.

Carrying the "Flame of Hope," the runners traveled four miles to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. And this local team of runners is one of 60 across the state partaking in the run.

"The Law Enforcement Torch Run isn't just about running with a torch...Our goal has always been to bring awareness to the talents, hopes, and dreams of the athletes of Special Olympics," said June Worden, a retired state police officer, current Law Enforcement Torch Run State Director of New York, and member of the Special Olympics New York Board of Directors.

This year's State Summer Games will take place at Siena College in Loudonville from June 15 to 17.