All around the world, Special Olympics has a formidable and caring legion of protectors and supporters: the law enforcement community. The signature event of the law enforcement community’s year-round support is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida.
Every year, the Flame of Hope™ has traversed Florida in an intrastate relay of simultaneous routes throughout the state, covering countless thousands of miles. The torch is carried by local and state law enforcement officers all the way to the Opening Ceremony of Florida’s annual State Summer Games.
The Torch Run began its existence as the S.O.M.E. (Special Olympics Mileage Event) Run, when a handful of officers ran the Flame of Hope™ throughout the state in an exhausting, non-stop run. Soon, the S.O.M.E. Run gained momentum and law enforcement agencies throughout Florida became involved and the S.O.M.E. Run would go on to become the “Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Florida.”
The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fund-raising event for Special Olympics Florida. Statewide, the participating chiefs, officers, sheriffs, deputies, agents and cadets from virtually every branch of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement, represent a total of over 300 different agencies. Chief Deputy Dave Sklarek of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, serves as the volunteer State Director of the Torch Run for Florida.
Palm Bay leg-8:00 am, start in the front parking lot of Palm Bay City Hall, run to the Publix on Malabar Road (2 miles).
West Melbourne leg-9:30 am, start at Calvary Chapel, run to WMPD (1 mile).
Melbourne leg-10:30 am, start at the BCSO South Precinct, run to Apollo Boulevard, then Babcock, end at the Melbourne Publix on Babcock (3 miles).
Rockledge leg-11:30 am, start at the Publix, 1880 U.S. 1, Rockledge and run to Springwood Estates, 951 Eyster Boulevard (2 miles). Lunch Provided for Participants
Cocoa Beach leg-1:30 pm, run will take place on Ocean Beach Blvd., behind the Wakulla Suites and will conclude at the Cocoa Beach Pier (1.2 miles).
Titusville Leg-3:00 pm, start at the Publix, 3265 Garden Street, end at Sand Point Park (2 miles).