This morning, April 16, 2019, over 100 law enforcement officers and cadets met at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Osceola County in support of the Special Olympics Florida.

The 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Osceola County began at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and came to an end at the Kissimmee Civic Center where a crowd of spectators cheered them on as they finished the almost 6-mile run.

The Torch Run began as the S.O.M.E (Special Olympics Mileage Event) Run, when a handful of officers ran the Flame of Hope™ throughout the state in an exhausting, non-stop run. Eventually, the S.O.M.E. Run gained momentum and law enforcement agencies throughout Florida became involved and the S.O.M.E. Run would go on to become the “Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Florida.”

The Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fund-raising event for Special Olympics Florida and Osceola County is proud to be a part of an event so uplifting and genuinely heartwarming.

Thanks to the men and women from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, Kissimmee Police Department, and St. Cloud Police Department who participated in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Osceola County and for making a positive difference in Osceola County.