Local law enforcement officers will be waiting tables and running relay races to benefit the estimated 18,000 athletes in South Carolina Special Olympics.

On Friday, members of Tri-County Lodge #3 of the Fraternal Order of Police will be holding the first Cops and Calabash event from at Fatz Cafe on Center Pointe Drive in North Charleston.

During the fundraiser, law enforcement officers from local agencies will wait on tables while wearing their uniforms to raise money for South Carolina Special Olympics. The money will be used to support local athletic programs that take place year-round, the lodge said in a press release.

Next week, law enforcement officers from across the state will participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Local law enforcement officers will begin a 125-mile relay of a Special Olympics torch on the beach at Sullivan's Island at 11 a.m. May 5. The racers will carry the torch to the steps of the Statehouse in Columbia.

The Coast to the Capital Run will coincide with torch relays from other parts of the state and conclude at a press conference at 11 a.m. May 6 to announce the beginning of the Special Olympics Summer Games.

Later that evening, officers will join carry the torch in a 7.2 mile run from the state Capitol to Fort Jackson and the Summer Games.

Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655.