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Sebastian County 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraising program benefiting Special Olympics.  In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department saw an urgent need to raise funds  and awareness of Special Olympics.  Chief LaMunyon conceived the idea of the Torch Run to involve law enforcement in Special Olympics by running the torch in intrastate relays converging at local summer games. Today, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a global event in all 50 states and 47 countries.  Annually, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics generates $34,000,000 for these athletes.

The 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be run on Tuesday May 20, 2014 in three segments throughout Sebastian County.  The torch will leave the Greenwood Square carried by the Greenwood Police promptly at 7:00 A.M.  west along Highway 10 Spur (West Center Street) to the State Parking lot on Highway 71. It will be driven to Jam Mart at Highway 71 and Cavanaugh Road in Fort Smith and passed to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

At promptly 8:15 A.M. the torch will leave that intersection, travel down Highway 71 to Zero Street, west onto Towson Avenue and onto South B Street where it will be handed off to runners at the Fort Smith Police. At 9:30 A.M. the torch will leave the Fort Smith Police Department and will travel west down South B Street to Wheeler Avenue, north onto South 6th Street making an east turn onto Garrison Avenue.  The torch will continue on Garrison turning back north on North 11th Street onto Midland Avenue-ultimately crossing the Midland Boulevard Bridge to be handed off to the Van Buren Police Department.

On Friday May 23rd the torch will run its final leg from Little Rock to Harding University in Searcy to be handed off to a Special Olympics Athlete who will light the main flame at the stadium’s 50 yard line signifying the start of the 2013 Arkansas Special Olympics Summer Games!  The Arkansas Summer Games officially begin on Saturday May 24th.  At each segment, the torch will be handed off from one law enforcement agency to the next.  The torch is run across Arkansas in 21 legs across the state.

The Greenwood portion of the run is a little less than a 5K at 3.5 miles and generally is ran at about a “Fun Run” 12 MPH pace.  The run will be led by Officers with the Greenwood Police Department and the community can participate. The only requirement to run is to complete an entry form and runners must have a Special Olympics Torch Run shirt for 2014 to be eligible.  The run shirts are $30 and can be picked up the morning of the run at start locations.  The public wishing to support the cause-but not run-can purchase non-runner shirts for $15.

There will be light refreshments served the morning of the race starting at about 6:30 at the Greenwood Police Department.  Water and Gatorade will also be provided for runners along and after the run free of charge.  Entry forms are at the Greenwood Police Department, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Smith Police Department during normal business hours. We ask that runners have forms completed and returned to the respective agencies no later than 5 P.M. Friday May 16th to ensure enough shirts. Unlike previous years, this year, runners will get their shirts on the morning of the run, but the payment for the shirts will need to be submitted with the registration form. No last minute entries will be allowed.

We look forward to having the largest turnout of runners in Sebastian County history this year and we ask everyone who can participate to please do so. Donations will also be accepted the morning of the run.  This year there are two separate shirts with the runners (only) receiving a moisture wicking shirt and non-runners receiving a cotton shirt.  Both shirts have different designs this year.


Questions? Contact Sgt. Brandon Davis (479) 629-2173


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