Sarasota Police to participate in 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

SARASOTA, FL. – April 21, 2016   – 8:30 a.m.

For the last 20 plus years, the Sarasota Police Department has been participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  This year our team will take to the streets of the City of Sarasota again!

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department will join more than 300 Florida law enforcement agencies in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida.  More than 5,000 officers carry the torch on a 1,500-mile relay throughout Florida yearly.

The Sarasota Police Department will receive the Torch from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of Paradise Publix, 3825 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department and Special Olympics Florida athletes will run the torch into the City of Sarasota on a route that takes the torch north on Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), right on Osprey Avenue and left on Main Street and ending at Five Points Park at the intersection of Main Street and Pineapple Avenue.  The run is approximately 3.2 miles.

Torch Run Gear purchases, including a Torch Run t-shirt for $12, hats for $10, dry first shirts for $20, dry fit hats for $15 and donations for Special Olympics Florida, can be sent to Sergeant Mark Opitz at the Sarasota Police Department (2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237) or he can be contacted at 941-954-7025. All proceeds go towards supporting the Special Olympic athletes. For more information and routes for other counties in Florida, please visit