Each year more than 3,000 law enforcement officers carry the torch on a 1,500 mile relay through more than 60 Florida counties.

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Sarasota, Florida --Officers with the Sarasota Police Department will join more than 300 Florida law enforcement agencies in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida on Thursday.

The goal of the Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities to participate as productive and respected members of society by offering a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department will run the torch into the City of Sarasota on a route that takes the torch north on U.S. 41, right on Osprey Avenue and left on Main Street and ending at Five Points Park at the intersection of Main Street and Pineapple Avenue.

Each year more than 3,000 law enforcement officers carry the torch on a 1,500 mile relay through more than 60 Florida counties.

Click here for more information and routes for other counties in Florida.

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