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The annual Law Enforcement Torch run to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics is again coming to Broward County.

On April 16, 2002, thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the nation
-and here in Florida- will trade in their uniforms for shorts and a t-shirt to help carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope.

Started in Kansas in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest
grass-roots fund raising and public awareness effort for Special Olympics and has raised millions of dollars over the years.

In Broward, the Flame of Hope will begin its journey at 8:30 am when volunteer runners from BSO and other law enforcement agencies gather with Special Olympics athletes at A1A and County Line Road. The Law Enforcement Torch run will culminate at around 2:00 pm on Federal Highway at the Palm Beach County line with a picnic for the volunteers and athletes.

Last year in Florida, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised close to a million dollars, nearly $30,000.00 of that through the efforts of the Broward Sheriff's Office, according to the Special Olympics Florida office.

Media Note: Best opportunities for photo ops will be at the beginning and end of the run (See below): Expect some traffic tie-ups along the Law Enforcement Torch Run route; A1A & County Line Road, north to Dania Beach Blvd., then west to US-1/Federal Highway north, to the 17th St. Causeway/A1A east/north, to Sunrise Blvd. west, to Federal Highway north, ending at the Palm Beach county line.

This release by,
Hugh Graf / PIO

Posted At: 04/12/2002 03:34 PM

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