31st Annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run [GALLERY]

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 3, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Law Enforcement officers from across the Sunshine State have been busy raising money for Florida's Special Olympians.

Thursday morning in Tallahassee, officers from local, state, and federal agencies took part in the 31st Annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

About 300 to 400 participants ran or walked from the Lake Ella Publix to the Capitol building.

Officers say the torch run is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes and their families.

Jeff Hubert, with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission says, "It's just an honor. You always feel good when you get to meet the kids after the run and all that. So, it's a very enjoyable experience."

SGT Steven Barrow, with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, says, "It's hard to describe the feeling. But, it is a feeling of joy to know that just a little bit that we can; law enforcement officers from across the spectrum of law enforcement come out here to support Special Olympics. It's very special."

The torch run ended with a ceremony in the Capitol courtyard, to honor the Olympians.

The Special Olympics for Leon County are this Saturday at Lincoln High School.

Press Release

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Once again it's time for the Annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law Enforcement Officers from across the state have been busy raising money for Florida's Special Olympians. Here in Tallahassee, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and Tallahassee Police Department have raised money through fund raisers and payroll deduction drives. The Leon County Sheriff's Office is proud to be part of this statewide event to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics.

The 31st Annual Torch Run is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2014. Law Enforcement Officers from local, state and federal agencies will start the Torch Run at the Publix Supermarket at the corner of North Monroe Street and Tharpe Street at 10:00a.m.The route will take the runners south on Monroe Street to the steps of the Capitol. A Ceremony will be held in the Capitol Courtyard at 11:00a.m. to honor Florida's Special Olympians. Deputies along with elected state dignitaries and leaders in law enforcement will join the athletes in
celebration of this worthy cause.

Schedule of Events:
9:00a.m. - Registration begins in the Publix's Parking Lot (1700 North Monroe Street)
10:15a.m. - Run begins
10:45a.m. - Runners and Torch arrive at the Florida Capital Courtyard
11:00a.m. - Law Enforcement Torch Run Ceremony in Honor of Florida Special

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