Special Olympics Torch Run

Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run®

Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                                  Contact:  Deputy 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 Billings.  The arrival of the Torch Run on Tuesday May 13th, 2014 and the Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron on Wednesday May 14th, 2014 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 Saturday May 10th, 2014.

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, Montana Highway Patrol.

“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 and cheer on our runners and bicyclists this year as we welcome the Torch Run to Gallatin County on Saturday May 10th, 2014.

Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Run through Three Forks (Starts at David Delaittre’s memorial through Main street to the Interstate)

8:40 am – 9:30 am – Bike from Three Forks to Manhattan (on the Interstate)

9:40 am – 9:50 am – Run through Manhattan (Starts at Thriftway loops through town)

10:00 am – 10:40 am – Bike from Manhattan to Belgrade (on the Interstate)

10:50 am – 11:10 am – Run through Belgrade (Starts at Lee and Dad’s and loops through town)

11:20 am – 12:40 pm – Run from Belgrade to Bozeman

12:50 pm – 1:30 pm – Run through Bozeman (N. 19th Ave City Brew, south on 19th, east on Main to Lindley Park)

1:40 pm – 3:00 pm – Bike from Bozeman to the top of the Bozeman Pass (via the Interstate)

**All times are approximate**

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