LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
BEGINS 9:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY JUNE 25 AT POLICE MEMORIAL

Ohio’s 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics begins at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday June 25 at the Police Memorial, 311 Ezzard Charles Drive.  Participants and supporters will hold a brief ceremony before the runners set out to carry the torch on the first part of the run, 16 miles to the Springdale Police Department, 12105 Lawnview Avenue.  The route will proceed north from the Police Memorial on Central Parkway to Liberty Street, Dalton Avenue, Spring Grove Avenue, Kings Run Drive, Murray Road, 69th Street, Ronald Reagan Overpass, Allen Avenue, Fleming Road, Warren Avenue, Princeton Pike, Northland Boulevard, and Lawnview Avenue.

Law enforcement supporters from other areas of Ohio will also begin Torch Runs this week from Athens, Cleveland, Euclid, Marietta and Toledo to carry the Flame of Hope to Columbus for the June 27 opening of Ohio’s Special Olympics summer games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. 

Ohio’s law enforcement community has supported Special Olympics with the Torch Run since 1985.  It has grown steadily since the first year when 10 officers from southern Ohio ran in Cincinnati.  Last year across Ohio, nearly 2000 participants raised $620,000 for Special Olympics through the Torch Run, Polar Bear Plunge and other events. 

The Wichita, Kansas, Police Department held the first Torch Run in 1981.  It now reaches to all 50 states and 25 countries around the world as a way to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort.  All money raised is used to support expenses like lodging and meals for Special Olympians.