Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run®Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Kopp 582-2100
Law Enforcement Carry the Torch for Special Olympics Montana
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 Missoula. The arrival of the Torch Run on Monday May 9th, 2016 and the Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron on Wednesday May 18th, 2016 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 Monday May 9th, 2016.
Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman PD, Belgrade PD, and Montana Highway Patrol. The Torch Run is also receiving significant support from the fire departments as we run through the towns.
“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 Montana began 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.
Please join us at the Bozeman Public Library this Monday, 09 May from 0900 to 0945 for the official passing of the Torch from Park County to Gallatin County, a word from our Special Olympics athletes and then cheer on our local law enforcement and Special Olympics supporters as they run and bike the Torch from Bozeman to Three Forks.
Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:
Leg 1 – Running Leg through Bozeman (Bozeman Library to City Brew N. 19th Ave) – 3.7 miles – 9:45 – 10:25
Leg 2 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Lee & Dad’s – 7.5 mile – 10:35 – 11:55
Leg 3 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Lee & Dad’s loop through town) – 2.0 miles – 12:05 – 12:25
Leg 4 – Biking Leg from Belgrade (Lee & Dad’s) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 10.0 miles – 12:35 – 1:35
Leg 5 – Running Leg Loop through Manhattan – 1.0 mile – 1:45 – 1:55
Leg 6 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thriftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 10.5 miles – 2:00 – 3:10
Leg 7 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 miles – 3:15 – 3:45
**All times are approximate**