Local Law Enforcement Carries 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 Great Falls. The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Tuesday May 7th, 2018. The Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron in Great Falls on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 will officially begin the games.

Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Airport Police, and Montana Highway Patrol.  The Torch Run is also receiving significant support from the fire departments as we run through the towns.

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, the 4th highest per capita in the world.

Please join us at the Bozeman Public Library this Tuesday, May 7th 8:40 – 9:00 to watch the official passing of the Torch from Park County to Gallatin County, and to 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. Route: Main Street to s. 19th Ave – Time: 9:00 – 9:40

Leg 2 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Town & Country – 9.6 mile. Route: E. Valley Center Rd to Alaska Rd to E. Northern Pacific Ave to E Madison Ave. – Time: 9:50 – 11:20

Leg 3 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Town & Country loop through town) – 1.0 mile. Route: Jackrabbit Rd to Main St to Broadway St to W Madison St. – Time: 11:30 – 11:45

Leg 4 – Biking Leg from Belgrade Town & Country) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 12.7 miles. Route: Jackrabbit Rd. to Amsterdam Rd to Churchill Rd into Manhattan – Time: 12:05 – 1:15

Leg 5 – Running Leg Loop through Manhattan – 1.0 mile. Route: Broadway St to Altenbrand Ave to Dry Creek to 5th St to Railroad St to Broadway – Time: 1:25 – 1:35

Leg 6 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thriftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 11.1 miles. Route: Broadway St to Frontage Road to Talc Rd – Time: 1:45 – 2:55

Leg 7 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 miles. Route: Frontage Road to 2nd Ave E. to E. Ash St to Main St to Frontage Rd. – Time: 3:05 – 3:35

**All times are approximate**


Media Contact: GCSO Sgt. Dan McDonough 406-404-4614

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