NWLA law enforcement kick-off 2012 Torch Run for Special Olympics

LA Run with the Torch for Special Olympics kick-off ceremony
Law enforcement runners arrive at Caddo Courthouse with torch for kick-off ceremony
Law enforcement runners arrive at Caddo Courthouse with torch for kick-off ceremony

CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Northwest Louisiana law enforcement agencies kicked off the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana Friday morning.

Before Friday morning's ceremony began law enforcement from both Caddo and Bossier Parish ran from separate locations in their respective parishes and met at the Caddo Parish Courthouse in downtown Shreveport for an opening ceremony.

The ceremony begin with the national anthem being sung by, Christina Jiminez, a Special Olympics participant from DeSoto Parish. Then Bossier City Mayor, Lorenz 'Lo' Walker and City of Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover both read a joint proclamation.

Officials working with this annual event say that following the ceremony, runners continued to the Relay Station, located on Highway 1 South. The torch run will resume from the Relay Station on Tuesday, May 15 at approximately 7 a.m.

Just like the national Olympics, runners will carry the State Special Olympics torch from Northwest Louisiana and pass it of to runners from other law enforcement agencies along the route until it reaches its final destination in Hammond, Louisiana.

The torch is expected to make it to Hammond in time for the state of the state games, which are slated to begin, May 18 at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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