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2007 Special Olympics Torch Run

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FHP runners on the steps of the Capitol.
FHP runners on the steps of the Capitol.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is held each year to raise money to cover the transportation costs for Special Olympic athletes to attend the Summer Games. This year's Tallahassee leg of the Torch Run was held on April 24th, marking the event's 24th Anniversary.

The run down main street.

Runners, which included FHP's Director, Colonel Chris Knight, staff members, and the 113th and 114th Academy Classes, began the 1.7 mile run at the Publix on the corner of Monroe & Tharpe and ended at the steps of the old Capitol downtown. They were greeted by various dignitaries, including Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and DHSMV Executive Director Electra Bustle.

Lt. Governor Kottkamp speaks to guests and participants at the event.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp speaks to guests
and participants at the event.

Passing the torch
Passing the torch.

At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, State and Provincial Games, and the National Summer or Winter Games. However, the fully developed Torch Run initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles in addition to the Torch Run itself, such as merchandise sales, donations and pledges, corporate donations, and other special events such as Polar Plunges and golf tournaments.

Each year, the Florida Highway Patrol is proud to take an active part in this annual fundraiser and to offer our support for a most worthy cause!

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