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Time for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana

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Photo: Bill Davis/BSO

Northwest Louisiana law enforcement officers hit the streets of Bossier and Caddo Parishes to kick off the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana.

A ceremony will be held tomorrow (May 15) beginning at 9AM on the Milam Street side of the Caddo Courthouse.

The annual run raises money for Special Olympics Louisiana and promotes this year’s Summer Games, which are set for May 22-24 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Before the ceremony, two groups of law enforcement runners will head out from separate locations. Officers and deputies in Caddo Parish will start their run at Caddo Correctional Center, travel east on Hearne Avenue, south on North Market, then into downtown Shreveport.

Bossier Parish runners begin at the Bossier Civic Center, head west on POW-MIA Boulevard, north on Benton Road, then west on East Texas Street, across the Texas Street Bridge and into downtown. Both groups set out at 8AM.

The courthouse ceremony features a joint proclamation by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler. Then runners continue their torch run from the courthouse east on Texas Avenue, south on Market Street and down Youree Drive to the Relay Station on Highway 1 South. The run resumes from there Tuesday, May 19, at 7AM.

Runners will carry the State Special Olympics torch from Northwest Louisiana to runners from other law enforcement agencies along the route. The final destination is Hammond, just in time for the start of the state games.

Take a look at photos from last year’s Torch Run:

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