Special Olympics Torch Run on Friday


Local law enforcement agencies will be running through the streets of Key West again this year on Friday, carrying the Special Olympics torch in a kick off to the Florida State Special Olympics games. The games will be held in Lake Buena Vista  in May. Members of the public who like to run and who want to participate are welcome to come along.

Runners will meet at the Florida Keys Community College campus that morning, with the run kicking off at 9 a.m. Along the course, runners will be stopping to meet and greet Monroe County School children and Special Olympics athletes. Stops will include:

  • Gerald Adams Elementary School
  • Publix Supermarket in Key Plaza
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Key Wet High School
  • HOB School
  • MARC House
  • Glenn Archer School

There will be a ceremonial “hand-off” of the torch from the Sheriff’s Office to Key West Police at the Southernmost Point, and the run will then continue to Mallory Square where it ends.

There will be water stops at all the schools and the pace will be slow – no faster than 10-minute miles. Runners can choose to run the entire time, or just select legs of the journey. Support vehicles will accompany the runners.

T-shirts can be purchases on run day or beforehand. Contact Sheriff’s Office member Jo Socha for shirts or more details at 305-292-7042 orjsocha@keysso.net. Those who wish to participate are asked to register with either Socha, or Sheriff’s Office member Jim Painter at 305-292-7027 orjpainter@keysso.net .

After the Key West event, the torch will travel across the state, carried by Law Enforcement personnel from many agencies.  For more information go to:  http://www.specialolympicsflorida.org/law-enforcement/community-law-enforcement.html


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