Special Olympics Torch Run

Participating Agencies:
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
St. Petersburg Police Department
Pinellas Park Police Department
Largo Police Department
Clearwater Police Department
Tarpon Springs Police Department
Florida Highway Patrol

Special Olympics of Pinellas County, Region 6

Participating Schools:
New Heights Elementary School
Nina Harris Exceptional Center
Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School
Paul B. Stephens Exceptional School

PINELLAS COUNTY - On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, Pinellas County law enforcement agencies will run the Torch for Special Olympics through the county.

The Torch Run brings attention to the many sports programs available to the intellectually disabled. The Special Olympics Torch will be passed to various Pinellas law enforcement agencies along the way as runners carry the torch from St. Petersburg to Clearwater. Runners will carry the torch to the final destination at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional School where they will be greeted with a reception by students.

To find out where the runners are on the course after the start, please contact the Sheriff's Public Information Office by email at Pinellas_SO_PIO@pcsonet.com

The Torch Run route and departure times are listed below. The media is encouraged to attend and meet runners at any of the staging locations.

If the event is canceled due to inclement/dangerous weather, there is no rain day scheduled.

During the run, traffic may be affected for a brief period of time while law enforcement blocks roadways and stops traffic at various intersections.

The Torch Run route is listed below.

Relay times and locations:

Start:         8:15 a.m.  -   St. Petersburg Police Department
Route:       (4.2 miles) 1st Ave. N, to US Hwy. 19, to 38th Ave. N. and then a right to the two front bus circles of New Heights Elementary.

Start:         9:10 a.m.  -  New Heights Elementary School
Route:       (4 miles) US Hwy. 19, to 70th Ave. N., then west to Nina Harris reception.

Start:         10:15 a.m.  -  Nina Harris Exceptional School
Route:       (3.5 miles) 70th Ave. N. to 66th Street, then north to 118th Ave., then east to Morgan Fitzgerald student reception.

Start:          10:55 a.m.  -  Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School
Route:        (3.2 miles) 118th Ave. to 62nd Street, then over to 126th Ave., then under US 19 to the service road, east on Ulmerton Rd., to 49th Street and 145th Ave., PCSO's Technical Services Bldg.

Start:          11:45 a.m.  -  PCSO Technical Services Bldg.
Route:        (4.5 miles) North on 49th Street, over Bayside Bridge to Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex on Drew Street.

Start:         12:45 p.m. - Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex
Route:       (2.2 miles) North on McMullen Booth, then west on Sunset Pt.to Paul B. Stephens School, and the finish.

Finish:        Around 1:15-1:30 p.m., Torch arrival/student reception at Paul B. Stephens. 

For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics please visit:  https://www.specialolympics.org/get-involved/partners-of-the-movement/government-ngo-partners/law-enforcement-torch-run

Posted by Amanda Sinni Monday, April 11, 2022 11:41:00 AM Categories: Events

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