Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri set to begin May 18, 2019

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO), founded by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) 32 years ago, will begin on May 18, and continue through Friday, May 31.

Law Enforcement officers from around the state will be running the torch to raise awareness for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) and the 2019 State Summer Games.  The State Summer Games will be held in Springfield on May 31 – June 2.  The culmination of the Torch Run – lighting of the Flame of Hope – is at 7 pm May 31 Opening Ceremony at Hammons Student Center, Springfield.

The 2019 Torch Run Route Schedule follows below. If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit www.somo.org/torchrun or contact Crystal Schuster, Development Director, at [email protected] or (573) 469-7839. 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an annual event. The guiding purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Missouri.  Special Olympics is law enforcement’s charity of choice, not only in Missouri but worldwide. More than 2,300 runners from 119 agencies from across the state will participate in the 2019 Torch Run.  These runners will complete 37 different routes and cover more than 1,000 miles across Missouri. 

Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies are attempting to raise more than $2 million this year through various fundraising initiatives including the Polar Plunge®, selling Torch Run T-shirts and organizing special events such as the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®, Over the Edge® and Tip-A-Cop® events.

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run® Routes May 18-31, 2019

Region 1 (NW Region) (8 Routes)

US 71 South from Maryville – May 21st @ Nodaway County Courthouse @ 9:00 am  Contact: James Runde, Maryville Treatment Center, 660-582-6542

Missouri Highway Patrol Troop H – May 21st from Kawasaki in Maryville south on US 71.  5K will end south of 308th St.  The 10K will continue to just south of 340th St. – right after Maryville run.  Contact:  Jeffery Ellis, Troop H, 816-387-2345

Savannah Route from Town Square to 71, 71 to park to St Rose of Lima Catholic Church – May 21st @ 12:30 p.m. Contact: Daniel Zeigler, Savannah Police Dept., 816-324-7541

St. Joseph Route starting at Aquatic Park on Messanie – May 21st @ 3:00 p.m.  Contact: Rita Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Dept., 816-271-4701

Chillicothe Route from Simpson Park to Fire Station – May 22nd @ 9:00 a.m.  Contact:  Carrie Pfeifer, Chillicothe Correctional Center, 660-646-4032

Trenton Route – May 22nd @ 10:30 a.m. Police Dept. to Shop-Ko parking lot.  Contact: Sheriff Rodney Herring, Grundy County Sheriff’s Dept., 660-359-5557

Gallatin Route – May 22nd @ 11:30 p.m. Courthouse around square down Main St.  Contact: Larry Adams, Daviess County Sheriff Dept., 660-663-2031

Cameron Route – May 22nd  @  1:30 p.m. Cameron Police Dept to Valero Gas Station.  Contact:  Jenny Brownlee, Crossroads Correctional Center, 816-632-1390 ext 5138

Region 4 (NE region) (5 Routes)

US 63 from Kirksville – May 23, @ the Adair Co. Courthouse – 8:00 am.  Contact:  Officer Ron Collinge, Truman State DPS – 660-342-5166, [email protected] and Jason Underwood – 660-956-2799, [email protected]

US 63 from Macon – May 23, @ First Baptist Church  – 10:00am. Contact: Sgt. Eric Brown, Troop B 660-988-1513,  [email protected]

Moberly Route – May 23 – Orscheln Farm and Home to 63 and Renick – 1:00 pm.  Contact:   Bosko Ogenovski, Moberly CC – 660-412-2196 

Hannibal – May 24, @ Start at Mark Twin Brewery –6:30 am. Contact:  Jennifer Grote, Hannibal PD, 573-231-2405

Brookfield Route – May 25 – Park Baptist Church.  Contact:  Sgt. Jeff Henke, Brookfield PD – 660-258-3385, [email protected]