SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Press Release) – Special Olympics South Dakota is excited to once again be hosting the Law Enforcement Torch Run across the state of South Dakota starting Monday, May 13 and ending Thursday, May 16 at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2019 Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games in Vermillion.
Throughout the four days of the Torch Run, Law Enforcement officers, along with two Special
Olympics athletes, will bring the “Flame of Hope” to 38 cities to help raise awareness for Special
The torch is scheduled to be in Aberdeen at 11:40 a.m. at Simmons Middle School on Tuesday, May 14.
The actual running portion has evolved over the years from running the interstate, to the current format,
where officers travel to cities and invite local Law Enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the
public to come and join them as they carry the “Flame of Hope” through the city. The Torch Run has
become a major awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics South Dakota and the running
of the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies kicks off Summer Games each year.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will be starting on Monday, May 13 at 8 am in Sioux Falls and
8:15 am in Spearfish. They will then start their journey across the state arriving in Vermillion on May
16. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run, please contact Todd Bradwisch.
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is so much more than just a run to Special Olympics South Dakota,”
says Darryl Nordquist, President and CEO of Special Olympics South Dakota. “The awareness and
funds that the Torch Run has raised has created a movement and helped provide new opportunities,
competitions and programs for the athletes of Special Olympics South Dakota. The dedication and
commitment from Law Enforcement across the state has been amazing and we thank you for your
We invite the public to come and support or join the officers and Special Olympics athletes as they run
the “Flame of Hope” across the state. For more information about the Torch Run or the Summer
Games, please contact the Special Olympics South Dakota State Office at 605-331-4117 or check out
our website at www.sosd.org.