Are you waiting for your chance to run a cop out of town? If you support the Special Olympics, you could have your chance to do just that. It is time again for the 1991 Utah Summer Special Olympics GAmes, and this year the ceremonies will begin again with the annual Torch Run.
The torch run is a state-wide run by the entire law enforcement community that raises money for and promotes awareness of the Utah Special Olympics.
The 1991 Law Enforcement Torch Run kicks off the Olympics May 20, when the torch will leave the utah State Capitol at 8 a.m. and run through cities in Salt Lake County, ending at Draper Park for the night.
The Torch run began in 1981, when Wichita Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. he conceived the Torch run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel with the community and with Special Olympics. After three years of successful runs in Kansas, LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. With IACP's enthusiastic support and leadership, the Torch Run expanded into seven states by 1985 and into 43 states by 1986. The year 1989 saw all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 15 countries worldwide participating.
The torch run official sponsors are Hardee's and Ramada Inn.
Following is a schedule of where the torch will be by date.
May 20 - Torch leaves Utah State Capitol and runes throught cities in Salt Lake County ending at Draper Park.
May 21 - The torch will start from the Utah County line at 8 a.m. and run into Lehi, American Fork, the Utah State Training School, Alpine, Pleasant Grove and South Orem City.
May 22 - The torch will run in Provo, the Brigham Young University campus, Springville,Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson, Springlake, Santaquin and along the frontage road to Nephi.
May 23 - The torch will run through Nephi to Fountain Green, Moroni, Mt. pleasant, Ephraim and on to Manti and Gunnison. From there it will travel to Scipio, Delta and Filmore.
May 24 - The torch will leave Filmore and go on to Beaver, Millford and minersville. It will continue through towns in Iron County to Cedar City.
May 25 - The torch will leave Cedar City to travel to Santa Clara and on to St. George.
May 26 - Rest.
May 27 - The torch travels on to Washington, Hurricane, LaVerkin, Virgin, Springdale and on to Kanab.
May 28 - The torch will run north into Panguitch and Richfield.
May 29 - The torch will Be taken to Blanding.
May 30 - The torch will start in Blanding and run north through Monticello, Moab and then on to Carbon County. Starting in East Carbon, one torch will run through towns to Price. At the same time a second torch will run Emery County to Price.
May 31 - At 7:30 a.m. the torch will start in Naples and will run to Vernal. After running out of Uintah County, the torch will be moved to Wasatch County, running through towns to Heber City. The second torch will start at Roosevelt at 8 a.m. and run to Duchesne.
June 1 - Starting from Heber City, the torch will run to Park City and travel to towns along I-80 to the area of mountain Green in Morgan County. The second torch will start in Duchesne and run out of Duchesne County.
June 2 - Rest.
June 3 - The torch will start in north Logan at 7 a.m. and will run through Logan to Garland and run through towns in Box elder County to Brigham City.
June 4 - The torch will leave Brigham City, traveling through towns in Weber County to Roy. A second torch will start at Wendover and run halfway to Tooele. It will then be picked up and take to Tooele.
June 5 - The torch will leave Roy at 8 a.m. and travel through towns in Davis County to North Salt Lake where it will rest for the night and end this leg of the torch run. The second torch will finish its journey across the Great Salt Lake Desert in Tooele County to the Salt Lake County line, ending this leg of the torch.
June 6 - The torch will be run into the Brigham Young University Track Stadium at 6 p.m. by law enforcement officers from the entire state. This will be during the opening ceremonies of the 1991 Utah Summer special Olympic Games.