The Findlay/ Hancock County leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will travel through Findlay on June 21, 2017. This year marks the 31st year of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The route will start at the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol (3201 N. Main St.) at 3:30 p.m.. The Torch will be carried by Law Enforcement Officers from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, Ohio Division of Wildlife and representatives from the Hancock County Juvenile Court and Findlay Municipal Court.
The tentative schedule and route through Findlay includes:
- 3:30 p.m. – State Highway Patrol – Findlay Post, 3201 North Main Street
- 3:45 p.m. – south on Main Street to the University of Findlay
- 4:05 p.m. – south on Main Street to the Kroger @ 6th & S. Main Streets; then east on 6th Street to S. Blanchard Street; north on S. Blanchard Street to E. Sandusky Street; east on E. Sandusky Street to the Hancock County Fairgrounds
- 4:35 p.m. – at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, Law Enforcement runners will be joined by Special Olympic Athletes, taking the torch to the Blanchard Valley School, 1700 E. Sandusky St.
- 4:45 p.m. – Blanchard Valley School
Runners and support vehicles will maintain the curb lane of the above routes with the exception of Sixth St. and E. Sandusky St. These streets will be controlled by marked police units and bike mounted Officers and traffic will be slowed for the safe travel of the participants.
Officers throughout the state carry the “Flame of Hope” through communities across Ohio, creating awareness of Special Olympics and raising funds for the program. The Final Leg will meet at the State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus at 6 p.m. on June 23 and travel 3.2 miles to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies. The officers will carry the torch into the stadium and pass the torch to Special Olympics athletes who will light the cauldron to signify the official start of the Games.
For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio, please visit the Special Olympics Ohio website.