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 April 10th, 2013  
30th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics is Friday afternoon
The 30th Anniversary Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics will take place Friday afternoon, with participation of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Fort Pierce Police Department and Port St. Lucie Police Department.

The run will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Publix store in Rivergate Plaza, Port St. Lucie, at 1125 SE Port St Lucie Blvd  Port St Lucie 34952:


Law enforcement participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the store and will be available for media interviews.

Runners will leave the Rivergate Plaza Public at 5 p.m. They will run northeast on Veterans Memorial Parkway to the Publix store at Easport Plaza, 9100 S. U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie 34952:


Here is more information about the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run:

• 2013 marks the 30 Anniversary of the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run, the signature event of the law enforcement community's year-round support of Special Olympics.

• 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 “Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run.”

• Every year, for 30 years, 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 Ceremonies of Florida's annual State Summer Games; which will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday, May 17, 2013.

• The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fund raising event amongst Special Olympics Florida and law enforcement agencies. 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.

• Funds are generated through the sale of the popular Torch Run T-shirts, hats, and through various local fundraising events.

• The public can support Special Olympics Florida and local law enforcement agencies by taking part in one of the many fundraising events held throughout the year or by buying this year's special edition Law Enforcement Torch Run commemorative t-shirt or hat.

• All around the world, Special Olympics has a formidable and caring legion of protectors and supporters: the law enforcement community. Virtually every nation in the world that has a Special Olympics program holds a Law Enforcement Torch Run.

• In Florida, Chief Deputy Dave Sklarek of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, serves as the volunteer State Director of the Torch Run.

• To learn more about Special Olympics Florida, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org

• To learn more about the Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org and search "Torch Run."

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