Sarasota Police to participate in 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

SARASOTA, FL. – April 19, 2017   – 11 a.m.

For more than 20 years, the Sarasota Police Department has been participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  The Sarasota PD team will take to the streets of Sarasota again this year!  Officers 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’s 67 counties annually.

The Sarasota Police Department will receive the Torch from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of Paradise Publix at 3825 South Osprey Avenue at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department will run the torch on a different route this year that includes two legs.  The first leg will take the torch north on Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), past the split with North Washington Boulevard and continue north with a right turn on Adams Lane ending at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane.  The second leg will take the torch from Adams Lane, north on East Avenue to Main Street and then travel west on Main Street through downtown Sarasota to the Unconditional Surrender Statue at the Bayfront.

You can purchase Torch Run Gear to support Special Olympic athletes.

•Dri-fit shirt: $20.00
•Cotton t-shirt: $13.00
•Black hat: $15.00
•Camo hat: $10.00

Donations can also be sent to Officer Kenton Montegna at the Sarasota Police Department (2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237). Officer Montegna can be contacted at (941)366-8000 ext. 7817 or   All proceeds go towards supporting the Special Olympic athletes.  For more information and routes for other counties in Florida, please visit