Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run®
For Immediate Release Contact: Deputy Mike Van Meter 582-2100
Law Enforcement Carry the Torch for Special OlympicsMontana
Montana Law Enforcement Officers and their friends have hit the streets, highways and byways of Montana. In addition to fulfilling their duties of enforcing speed limits, maintaining order and keeping our state safe, they are fulfilling another type of duty. They are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Montana.
Hundreds will carry the Flame of Hope 2,000 miles to the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in Billings. The arrival of the Torch Run on Friday May 10th, 2013 and the Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron on Wednesday May 15th, 2013 will officially begin the games.
Lt. Jack Allen (Great Falls Police Department) the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run Director stated, “The athlete’s work is inspiring for us and we see it as an honor to help raise awareness and support for Special Olympics Montana.”
The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state including Scobey, Medicine Lake, Kalispell, Billings, Glasgow, Malta, Butte, Boulder, Anaconda, Cut Bank, Havre and Lewistown. The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Friday May 10th, 2013.
Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run into Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman PD, Belgrade PD, Three Forks PD, Gallatin Airport Authority, MSU PD, Fish Wildlife and Parks, Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Army National Guard.
“Once our officers get involved they are hooked,” said Allen. “It’s a mutually satisfying experience where we create special relationships that are genuine and long-term.”
The Torch Run in Montanabegan in 1985. Each year, local Montana Law Enforcement Officers raise several thousand dollars for Special Olympics Montana athletes. In 2008, the Montana LETR raised over $350,000 for local athletes and was awarded 4th highest per capita in the world.
Join us this year as we welcome the Torch Run to Bozeman on Friday May 10th, 2013 and join us again on Wednesday May 15th, 2013 for the Final Leg into Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park, Billings to light the cauldron for the opening ceremonies for the state summer games.