April 3, 2012

Law Enforcement Torch Run April 13th

Monroe County - Representatives from various local law enforcement agencies will be taking part April 13th in the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Monroe County Special Olympics Committee, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Key West Police Department, the US Navy, US Coast Guard and the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission  invites members of the public to join local law enforcement in running in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run which will start at 9:00 a.m., Friday,  April 13th.

The Key West leg will begin at the Florida Keys Community College Public Safety Bldg on Stock Island with a brief stop at Gerald Adams Elementary School.   Participants will then run to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building on Stock Island for a brief stop, and then on to Publix on N. Roosevelt Boulevard.   Publix is a major contributor to the Special Olympics, raising millions of dollars each year for the cause.  Then off to Poinciana School, Key West High School, HOB School and Glenn Archer School.  An exchange of the torch from the Sheriff’s Office to the Key West Police Department will take place at the Southernmost Point where Colonel Rick Ramsay will be handing off the torch to Chief Donie Lee.   There will be water stops at all the schools and the run pace will be slow (no faster than 10 minute miles).    Runners can run any leg they choose.   Support vehicles will accompany the runners and will be available for those who need a rest.

Those wishing to participate may register for the run by contacting either Jim Painter at (305) 292-7027 / email jpainter@keysso.net or Special Agent Jeff Hutcheon at (305) 292-7022 / email JeffHutcheon@fdle.state.fl.us or Jo Socha at (305) 292-7042 / email jsocha@keysso.net .

The torch will travel across the state, carried by Law Enforcement personnel.  For more information on the representing agencies go to:

Please come join us in this special event. If you can't join the run, please come out and cheer the runners on for a good cause.

Note: in the past, parents have become concerned because they have received reports about fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency service vehicles present at the schools along the Torch Run route. These vehicles accompany the runners for visibility and because the kids love to see them. They should in no way cause concern by their presence at the schools.

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