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Sun, July 12, 2020

Join Special Olympics Torch Run with the Clermont police


Law enforcement has always been a significant supporter of Special Olympics Florida, and the signature event of that year-round support is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Clermont Police Department will host the torch run Thursday, April 19, at the Special Olympics Florida headquarters, 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the run takes off from the headquarters shortly after registration. The course is 3.2 miles long, and participants may run, walk, or bike, a news release states.

The police department is asking for the community’s support. The main objective of the walk/run is to promote awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics and people with special needs. The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fundraising event Special Olympics Florida, according to the organization’s website. Funds primarily are generated through the sale of popular torch run T-shirts and hats.

The symbolic torch is brought in from overseas and passed from each law enforcement agency in an intrastate relay covering thousands of miles within the state of Florida. The law enforcement participants represent more than 300 different agencies. On May 18, the torch will reach its final destination at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista for the opening ceremony of the annual State Summer Games, the release states.

For more information on the Clermont torch run, contact Clermont police Sgt. Josue Martinez at 352.536.8416 or