APD Media Release 06/04/13
Annapolis Police to Escort the Special Olympics Maryland Torch
Law Enforcement officers from Annapolis Police Department will be on the run June 5th taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics Maryland. Their mission: to escort and protect the Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ as it makes its way toward the opening of the 43rd Anniversary Summer Games at Towson University, June 7-9.
This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Maryland Torch Run, a movement that began in 1986 with a handful of officers raising $5,000, and has grown into a true year-round effort that involves thousands of officers and raised $3.2 million in 2012. Since its inception, the Torch Run has taken very seriously its role as “Guardians of the Flame”, and the Relay is an important and celebrated part of every Special Olympics competition.
The schedule for Annapolis’s portion of the Torch Run is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change):
At 2pm the torch will be delivered by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department via boat at Susan B. Campbell Park at the City Dock. Volunteer officers and approximately 20 Special Olympics athletes will run with the flame from the dock to the World War II Memorial on MD 450 across the Naval Academy bridge, covering a total of 3 ½ miles.
Come out and encourage the runners along the route as they help raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. The torch will travel from the City Dock up Main St, onto Church Cir to West St, making a right on Calvert St then a left onto Rowe Blvd. The runners will turn right onto Taylor Av, left onto Ridgely Av, right on Melvin Av, right on Annapolis St, and then straight to the WWII Memorial. Traffic will be slowed as the runners move through the route together.
The local portion of the Torch Run is part of a much larger effort. Statewide, the Maryland Torch Run Relay consists of four different legs – Eastern, Western, Central, and Southern – and throughout the entire week, thousands of Torch Run volunteers will cover hundreds of miles, eventually converging on Towson where the individual flames will be united in the Final Leg Ceremony and then officers from around the state will travel the final 2.5 miles to the Opening Ceremony at Towson University. It is there that the Flame is handed off to the Special Olympics athletes who have the honor of taking the final lap with the torch and then lighting the cauldron and officially declaring the 2013 SOMD Summer Games open.
The 43rd anniversary of SOMD’s Summer Games is set for June 7-9 at Towson University. During this celebrated weekend 1,400 athletes from around the state will go for gold in aquatics, athletics, bocce, cheerleading, softball, and tennis.
For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, the Torch Run Relay, and the 2013 Summer Games, contact Jason Schriml at 410-242-1515 x118 or visit www.somd.org.
For more information about the Annapolis Police Department portion of the Torch Run Relay, or to support the Torch Run by purchasing a commemorative Torch Run t-shirt or hat, contact Cpl. Amy Miguez at 410-268-9000.