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Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg to Kickoff Special Olympics Kentucky Weekend Festivities

Torch bearer holds torch at ceremony. Frankfort, Ky. – Festivities for the 2015 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games will begin in Frankfort on Friday, June 5, with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch (LETR) Run Final Leg participants run and kickoff ceremony at Stewart Home School. The Ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. with greetings from Stewart Home School Director Sandra Bell. The Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” will be lit and begin its journey from Frankfort to Georgetown to Lexington to Richmond for the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games later that evening.

This year’s Final Leg will also include participants from Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, a 46-day, three-route run, carrying the Flame of Hope across the country to the Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games in July. The URAA route will begin at First Christian Church, 412 W. Main Street, Richmond, with sponsored team Golden Corral running up Lancaster and handing off to sponsor Eastern Kentucky University and President Michael Benson, who will carry the Flame of Hope into opening ceremonies.

Law enforcement run the torch in the Final Leg.More than 100 officers from law enforcement agencies from throughout the state will take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.  Other Agencies expected to participate in this year’s Final Leg include the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bellevue Police Department, Corbin Office of Diversion-Drug Enforcement Administration, Covington Police Department, Frankfort Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown Police Department, Kentucky Department of Corrections, Kentucky State Police, Lexington Community Corrections, Lexington Police Department, Louisville Metro Corrections, Louisville Metro Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madisonville Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and University of Kentucky Police Department.

After the ceremony at Stewart Home School, Final Leg participants will board a bus to Georgetown where they will meet in the parking lot of K-Mart on US460, where they will run up Main Street to a 12:30 p.m. ceremony with Mayor Tom Prather and Judge Executive George Lusby on the courthouse steps. Runners will then run back to the parking lot and board a bus for Lexington.

In Lexington, they will run from the main entrance of the University of Kentucky campus, located on Nicholasville Road, to Wildcat Plaza on Avenue of Champions, for a 2:15 p.m. ceremony with Special Olympics athletes, UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe, Police Chief Mark Barnhart, Sheriff Kathy Witt, Bluegrass FOP President Jason Rothermund, Lexington Public Safety Commissioner Ronnie Bastin and Kentucky LETR Director Amanda Donelan.

Following that ceremony, the Final Leg will bus to Richmond where, at 3:15 pm, the Final Leg participants will participate in another ceremony with Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock and Berea Police Chief David Gregory at the Richmond Police Department, 1721 Lexington Road. Final Leg participants will then board the bus for a stop at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum and dinner.

Finally, the URAA will join Final Leg participants at 5:45 p.m. at First Christian Church to begin a 6:30 p.m. run to escort the Olympic flame into the Ravine area on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University during the Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games. Those Ceremonies begin at 7 pm.

In addition to carrying the “Flame of Hope” from Frankfort to the Special Olympics Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg serves as a celebration of the many contributions that law enforcement personnel make to Special Olympics throughout the year through their involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law Enforcement volunteers annually raise more than $160,000 to support Special Olympics programs through their involvement in various fundraising activities.

For information about the 2015 Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, please contact Special Olympics Kentucky Torch Run Liaison Jayna Oakley at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at joakley@soky.org.

For information about the 2015 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games, contact Special Olympics Kentucky communications director Mark Buerger at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at mbuerger@soky.org.

Officer greets athletes after ceremony.The mission of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to raise funds for and awareness of Special Olympics Kentucky. Law enforcement officers from throughout the state, carry the “Flame of Hope” in honor of the Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world.

Special Olympics Kentucky is celebrating 45 Years of Changing Lives in 2015. The program was founded in 1970 and has held statewide competitions since 1972. Throughout that time, Special Olympics Kentucky has been a leading advocate for people with intellectual disabilities in the state. The program currently serves more than 7,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky and offers year-round sports training and competition in 15 sports. Special Olympics Kentucky also offers health screening opportunities and leadership training programs for athletes and early childhood development programs.

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