LA law enforcement torch run for 'Special Olympics' kicks off May 17th

MGN-Online/Eric Wotila
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 9:45am

Northwest Louisiana law enforcement agencies will kick off this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana tomorrow, May 17, 2019 with a ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., on the Milam Street side of the Caddo Parish Courthouse, 501 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport.

The annual run raises money for SpecialOlympics Louisiana and promotes theannual Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games thatwill take place at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana on May 24-26, 2013. The lawenforcement runners will carry the State Special Olympics torch from Northwest Louisiana and willpass it off to runners from other law enforcement agencies all along the route until it reaches its finaldestination in Hammond in time for the start of the state games.

Before Friday morning’s ceremony begins two groups of law enforcement runners will arrive at the Caddo Parish Courthouse in downtown Shreveport from separate locations. Caddo runners will begin their run from the CaddoCorrectional Center, 1104 Forum Drive in Shreveport, at approximately 8 a.m.

They’ll travel east on Hearne Avenue, then south onMarket Street into downtown Shreveport to Texas Street.Bossier runners will begin their run at approximately 8 a.m. from the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road in Bossier City.Their route will take them west on POW-MIA Boulevard, north on Benton Road and west on East Texas Street across the Texas Street Bridge into downtown Shreveport to Market Street.

Both groups will meet up in downtown Shreveport on Texas Street at Market Street before they proceedtogether to the Caddo Parish Courthouse for the 9 a.m. ceremony.

The ceremony will include the reading of a joint proclamation from Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker and Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover.After the ceremony runners will resume their run from the courthouse east on TexasStreet, south on Market Street and down Youree Drive (Highway 1) to the Relay Station, 10281 Highway1 South - a distance of approximately 12 miles.

The torch run will then continue from the Relay Station on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at approximately 7 a.m. as the torchfor the Northwest Louisiana leg of the run heads south to the Special Olympics Louisiana SummerGames in Hammond.


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