Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana
Law enforcement officers from over 100 Louisiana agencies (police departments, sheriff’s offices, Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs, and all branches of the United States Military) all participate in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Louisiana. Each year, over 3,000 officers carry the torch on a relay throughout Louisiana.
Funds are generated through contributions from individuals and businesses along the way and through sales of the popular Torch Run T-shirts. The intrastate torch relay will culminate at the Opening Ceremony of our Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games in May. Officers from around the state join together to bring the Flame of Hope™ into the stadium.
Torch Run Routes by Area
For exact times and routes, please contact your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department. Dates/cities subject to change.
Lafayette Parish – May 17, 2018
The run will begin at 9am at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and travel to Opelousas Visitors Center on Hwy 190. Drink, food, music and fun after the run! Contact: Trish A. Bernard at 337-236-3908 or Patricia.Bernard2@lafayettesheriff.com for more info.
St. John the Baptist Parish – May 4, 2018
Registration opens at 7:30am with the run at 8am. Start location is Frostop (411 E. Airline Hwy, LaPlace) and will end at St. Peter’s Church parking lot. After party at Frenier's Landing Restaurant and Oyster Bar (113 Dottie Lane, off of Peavine Rd. in LaPlace). There will be food, drinks, and music. Contact: Nancy Comardelle at 985-449-4487 or email@example.com.
Lafourche Parish – May 17, 2018
Registration opens at 7:30am with the run at 8am. Start location is Troop C (4047 West Park Ave.) and will continue to the Tourist Center ( 4484 Hwy 1, Raceland 70394) under the Raceland over pass. Hwy 1. Following the run there will be a BBQ at the park with lots of food, drinks, music and fun. Contact: Nancy Comardelle at 985-449-4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Charles Parish – May 18, 2018
Run starts at 9:30am from River Road and Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan to the Knights of Columbus Hall (375 Spruce St.) Contact: Nancy Comardelle at 985-449-4487 or email@example.com.
Ascension Parish – May 16, 2018
Runners will meet at Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (828 Irma Blvd) to be shuttled to Gonzales Municipal Park on Burnside Ave. for a 9am start. The run will end at The ARC of East Ascension. Contact: Bob Escamilla at 225-588-4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Baton Rouge Parish – May 18, 2018
Official Torch Lighting Ceremony begins at 8:30am at the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Torch Run will begin immediately after the ceremony.
LaSalle Parish – May 15, 2018
The run will begin at 9am at the LaSalle Courthouse (1050 Courthouse Street, Jena) with ceremony. They will end the run the courthouse. The distance is 1 mile. Contact: Wendy Charrier at 318-447-0565 or email@example.com.
Grant Parish – May 15, 2018
The run will begin at 10:30am at Grant Parish Courthouse (200 Main Street, Colfax) after a welcoming ceremony. They will end the run the courthouse. The distance is 1 mile. Contact: Wendy Charrier at 318-447-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rapides Parish – May 16, 2018
Runners will start at the back gate at Louisiana College on Main Street at (College Boulevard, Pineville). They will end the run at Alexandria Police Department (1000 Bolton Avenue). The distance is 2.4 miles. Contact: Wendy Charrier at 318-447-0565 or email@example.com.
Cenla Area Media Run/Jimmy Chevalier Run – May 16, 2018
Runners will leave Louisiana State Police Troop E on (Odom Street to Bolton Avenue). They will end the run at the Red River Amphitheatre. The distance is 2.4 miles. Contact: Wendy Charrier at 318-447-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandria – May 17, 2018
At 7am, runners will go from Troop E, down (Odom Street to Bolton Avenue). They will end the run at McAllister’s Deli (3601 Masonic Drive, #2525, Alexandria). Distance 4.5 miles. Contact: Wendy Charrier at 318-447-0565 or email@example.com
St. Bernard Parish – May 10, 2018
Register at 9:30am for 10am run. Starts at St. Bernard Courthouse and continues to Dr. Mereaux Blvd. Celebration will be held at Pavilion. Contact: Jessie Gernados at 504-224-1374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Plaquemines Parish – May 10, 2018
Check-in at 6:30am; run starts at 7:10am. Starts and ends at (13629 Hwy 23 Jesuit Bend) and runs to multiple schools in the parish. Contact: Jessie Gernados at 504-224-1374 or email@example.com
Washington Parish – TBA 2018
Run starts at Rayburn Correctional Center and ends at St. Tammany Parish Line on Hwy 25 near Folsom for handoff to St. Tammany Parish.
St. Tammany Parish – May 16, 2018
Check-in at 8am for 8:30am run. Starts/ends at Mandeville Trailhead and runs through Old Mandeville.
Livingston Parish – May 18, 2018
Run starts at 9:30am at G.M. Varnado and Sons Automotive Center (2500 Florida Blvd SW, Denham Springs) and continues to the Livingston/Tangipahoa Parish line.
Tangipahoa Parish – May 18, 2018
Tangipahoa officers will receive the torch from the Livingston officers at the Tangipahoa Parish Line on Hwy 190 W. in front of Hammond State School and continue to Southeastern Louisiana University for State Summer Games Opening Ceremony.
Jefferson Parish – May 15, 2018
Registration at 7am for 8am run at Kenner Police Headquarters (500 Veterans Blvd.). Enter in the back gate of the building on Nick Congemi Drive, for check in, T-shirt pick up, and to load buses. Party hosted by KPD with lots of Drinks, Food, Music and Prizes. Contact: Ninoska Guggenheim at 504-712-2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org OR Ken Guichard at 504-363-5500 or email@example.com.
Moorehouse Parish – May 16, 2018
A brief ceremony will be held at Morehouse Parish Courthouse, north side of building (100 E. Madison Ave., Bastrop, 71220) and a walk with SOLA athletes around the building. 8:00am registration. 8:30am run. 59 miles to Columbia Bridge and finish the run to Georgetown before dinner on the river at Columbia. Contact: Sharon Bacle at 318-680-1434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Caddo Parish – May 11, 2018
Agencies on the East side of the Red River will meet at Bossier City Civic Center, Bossier City and will end at Relay Station, 10281 Hwy-1 South, Shreveport LA. Contact: Chad Davis at 318-773-2582 or email@example.com.
Red River/Natchitoches Parish – May 15, 2018
Check-in at 12:30am for 1pm run. Runners will meet the North West Area at the Red River Parish Line on Hwy-1 and end at NSU Pavilion across from Prather Coliseum. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office will host a cookout for the runners and volunteers at the Pavilion area on Northwestern State University campus. Contact: Wendy Llorens at 318-357-2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Red River/Natchitoches Parish – May 16, 2018
7am start at NSU Pavilion across from Prather Coliseum. Natchitoches runners then continue on Highway 1 South (55 miles) into Rapides parish ending at Troop E in Alexandria at approx. 2:30 pm. Contact: Wendy Llorens at 318-357-2239 or email@example.com
Calcasieu Parish – May 16, 2018
Check-in at 7:30am; run starts at 8am from Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy (3958 Mallard Cove, Lake Charles, LA) and ends at Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, where the run will end (5400 E. Broad Street Lake Charles, LA) Contact: Kayla Vincent at 337-302-1848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.