Law Enforcement Torch Run set for April 26

The tradition continues for the annual Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics. Sheriff Mike Prendergast will join first responders and Special Olympians for the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run at 8 a.m., Friday, April 26 in Crystal River.

Each year, this signature event highlights the law enforcement community’s year-round support of Special Olympics.

Law enforcement officers from more than 300 agencies around the state carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout Florida, covering hundreds of miles. Citrus County’s relay participants will meet at the Sheriff’s Crystal River Community Resource Office on U.S. Highway 19, where the run will start at 8 a.m.

The nearly three-mile run will start at the Crystal River Substation, located at 123 NE Highway 19, and end at the Publix in Crystal River, 6760 W Gulf to Lake Hwy, in the Crystal Springs Shopping Center.

Bicyclists will ride the second leg of the cross-county relay from there to the Inverness Publix located at 1012 W Main Street, about a 14-mile stretch.  From that point, runners will complete the relay leg with a one-mile jog to the Sheriff’s Operations Center in downtown Inverness for lunch and photos.

The Torch Run is the largest fund-raiser and public awareness event in Citrus County for the Florida Special Olympics. By supporting the Special Olympics, you help individuals with developmental disabilities lead a more productive and independent life.

If you are interested in supporting the Torch Run, please contact Citrus County Lieutenant Troy Hess via email at For more information on the Florida Special Olympics, please visit their website at

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