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Annual Torch Run Takes Off

Gulfport police took part in the yearly run by helping carry the torch more than 4 miles along the route.

Special Olympics Florida has a yearly ritual of routing a path for law enforcement officers and supporters to run.

In light of the upcoming summer competition, everyone, from chiefs to cadets, is encouraged to take part in the supportive act. 

This year's path started at St. Pete Police headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg. The torch, also know as the Flame of Hope, was lit just moments before the first leg of the run began. 

The first crew completed a four mile course that ended at New Heights Elementary school. Youths from the school cheered and rallied for the group as they passed. From there, the second leg, including members of the Gulfport Police Department and volunteers, picked up and continued on to US-19 where they ended at Nina Harris reception.

From Pinellas, the Flame of Hope made it all the way to Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater. After five handoffs and countless miles, students from the school welcomed runners to the finish line.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run signifies the launch of the summer games, which will be held at Disney World's Wide World of Sports. The competition begins on May 18th.


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