South Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run celebrates 25th anniversary to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers from the local, state and federal levels in South Florida will be running to show their support for the Special Olympics as they participate in the 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Miami-Dade County.

The Torch Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, with the opening ceremony in the Publix parking lot in the Homestead Town Square at Campbell Drive and U.S. 1. Students from Campbell Drive Middle School will greet the runners. The media and public are invited to attend this event.

After the opening ceremony, runners will complete their segments and continue north through Miami-Dade County to the Broward County line.

As each leg of the Torch Run is completed, officers and non-sworn personnel will hand off the torch to different agencies. In total, more than 100 officers representing numerous law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County will cover more than 30 miles here as they proudly carry the torch to benefit the Special Olympics.

Some of the agencies participating in this year’s 25th Anniversary Torch Run are Miami police, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Homestead police, Everglades, Dade and Homestead correctional institutions, South Florida Reception Center, Miami-Dade police, Coral Gables police, Florida Highway Patrol, West Miami police, Key Biscayne police, Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Miami Beach police, Miami Gardens police, Bal Harbour police, Department of Corrections/Probation and Parole, Department of Corrections/Prisons and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, North Miami Beach police, U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General and FBI.

At 10:50 a.m. as the run progresses, the torch will be exchanged between another agency and the City of Miami Police Department at Grand Avenue and U.S. 1 in Coconut Grove. Students at George Washington Carver Elementary School will cheer on the runners as the torch exchange takes place. The Miami-Dade County segment of the run should be completed by 3:30 p.m.

The Torch Run will end in May when the arrival of the torch marks the beginning of the 2008 Special Olympics State Summer Games.

For more information, contact:

Paige Patterson-Hughes
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Miami
(954) 958-5400