Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from South Florida, including Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, will once again lace up their running shoes to raise funds for Special Olympics at the 40th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The run will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 and will be shortened due to COVID. This year, Tamarac resident and Special Olympics athlete, Michelle Canazaro, will light the flame at the beginning of the run at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
During the event, officers bond with the Special Olympic athletes, and help raise awareness and support for the mission of Special Olympics Florida, which is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympians will carry the Olympic torch at the beginning and at the end of the run and will celebrate the completion of the run with a picnic at the Pompano Beach Fire Department located at 109 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach.
The Broward Law Enforcement Torch Run is part of a 1,400-mile statewide relay that culminates at the opening ceremonies of the Florida Special Olympics Summer Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Anyone interested in making a charitable donation is asked to contact Ms. Michelle Leonardo at Special Olympics Broward at (954) 262-2150. For additional information concerning the run, please call Broward County Torch Run Coordinator, BSO Lt. Steve Feeley, at (954) 553-6147.
MEDIA NOTE: THIS IS AN APPROXIMATE TIME SCHEDULE TO ASSIST YOU IN TAKING PHOTOS. THE SCHEDULE SHOULD ALSO SERVE AS A TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR MOTORISTS.
9 a.m. 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (South Beach Parking Lot)
9:25 a.m. A1A & Sunrise Boulevard
10 a.m. A1A & Oakland Park Boulevard
10:35 a.m. A1A & Commercial Boulevard
11:05 A1A & Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach (TOTAL MILES FOR RUN – 9.9 miles)
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