Texarkana, Ark., Police to Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run
An annual Torch Run is returning to Texarkana and Southwest Arkansas next week.
Each year, the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department participates in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). The "Summer Games Torch Run" is an event that takes place across the state to honor the Special Olympics Arkansas athletes as they prepare to take part in our largest event, the Special Olympics Arkansas State Summer Games.
Law Enforcement officers from various agencies will run the "Flame of Hope" across the state of Arkansas until it reaches the arena at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., for Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, May 21, 2015. The Law Enforcement Torch Run movement is essential to the success of Special Olympics Arkansas as they not only volunteer their time to help our athletes, they also organize fundraisers in their local communities for Special Olympics and raised more than $500,000 this past year for the Special Olympics Arkansas program.
The Summer Games Torch Run southwest leg will begin Monday May 18, 2015, at 8 a.m. starting in the Arkansas Walmart parking lot at 133 Arkansas Blvd. Texarkana, Ark., police officers will run more than 18 miles before handing over the torch to the Hope, Ark., Police Department.
The Texarkana, Ark., Police Department said it is proud to participate in such an outstanding event for such a worthy cause. The public is invited to meet at the parking lot or line up along the route, which will be east on Arkansas Boulevard to U.S. Highway 67, then north until the Texarkana, Ark., police meets up with the Hope Police Department, said T.A.P.D. Public Information Officer Kristi Mitchell.