Staging at 8:30 AM and running by 9 AM. We will start at the McDonalds at the intersection of Hwy 90 and Dogwood and run to the Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Blackwater River Memorial Park. This run is approximately 1.4 miles.
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.