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Troopers Beck and Smith escort the runners through Tallahassee
Troopers Bill Beck and Larry Smith escort the runners through Tallahassee

April 9th, 2003, marked the 20th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is held each year in Tallahassee to raise money to fund the transportation costs to the Summer Games for Special Olympic athletes.

Lt. Governor Jennings and Attorney General Crist help pass the Flame of Hope.
Lt. Governor Jennings and Attorney General Crist
help pass the Flame of Hope to continue the 20th Annual Torch Run.

This year, runners began the race at the Publix Supermarket on the corner of Monroe & Tharpe Streets, then stopped for a brief rest on the steps of the old Capitol downtown to listen to some encouraging words from Attorney General Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Toni Jennings before finishing the race at Myers Park.

FHP’s 103rd Recruit Class led the way.
FHP’s 103rd Recruit Class led the way in the 20th Anniversary Torch Run.

Sgt. Diane Quinones & Trooper Desiree Templeton running in the race to the Capitol.
Sgt. Diane Quinones & Trooper Desiree Templeton have fun while running in the race to the Capitol.

The Florida Highway Patrol’s 103rd Basic Recruit Class led the way for over 100 law enforcement officers who donated their time and money for this worthy cause.

Lt. Welch provided motivation for the recruits to maintain their esprit de corps!
Lt. Mark Welch provided motivation for the recruits to maintain their esprit de corps!

At the end of the race, runners enjoy refreshments provided by the American Association of State Troopers
At the end of the race, runners enjoy refreshments provided by the American Association of State Troopers.

 

 
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