2013-logo-for-web-200Law enforcement officers from over 300 Florida agencies (police departments, sheriff’s offices, Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs, Air Force Police and Marine Patrol) all participate in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. Each year, over 5,000 officers carry the torch on a 1500-mile relay through 66 counties in Florida.

Funds are generated through contributions from individuals and businesses along the way and through sales of the popular Torch Run T-shirts and caps.

This event is held each year prior to Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games. The intrastate torch relay will start at the end of March and culminate at the Opening Ceremonies on May 17, 2013. Officers from around the state join together to bring the Flame of Hope™ into the stadium.

Collier  April 12

Starting at the courthouse at US41 and Airport rd.  8 am and then proceeds 7.1 miles with stops at NPD then ending at Neapolitan rd. and US 41

Contact: Sue Gentry   or Mark Milligan

Charlotte  April 17

Starts at 9 am at the Publix  located at US41 and Airport Rd travels 10 miles north with stops at the Charlotte Harbor Center (school) then north to Publix on Cochran

Contact: Mark Schaible

Hendry  April 19

Run will start at the American Legion on HWY80 in Labelle and travel east to the Sheriff’s Office parking lot. We will start at approx. 1530 hrs.

Contact:  Bruce Slade

Lee  April 19

Starting at 8am at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on 6 mile cypress rd.  then north on US 41 for 10 miles ending at Hancock Bridge Parkway and US 41.

Contact:  Jill Jones