By Amanda Hatfield
BREVARD -- A 25-year tradition will continue next weekend, and all for a great cause.
On Friday, April 26, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, will participate in the 2013 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run begins at 7 a.m. in front of Palm Bay City Hall and finishes at the Jail Complex parking lot, shortly after 4 p.m.
"Police agencies from all over the world have been participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 25 years now," said Agent Randy Holliday of the Sheriff's Office. "It was actually started by a chief of police in Kansas."
The 2013 Special Olympics Torch Run is open to the public, as well as local law enforcement.
There is no fee to participate in the Torch Run, but participants are highly encouraged to purchase T-shirts and hats.
"As the father of a son with Down syndrome, the Special Olympics is near and dear to me," Agent Holliday said. "The Special Olympics allows people with intellectual disabilities to participate in sporting events, which they may not have had the chance to participate in."
Agent Holliday said that the reason the Torch Run stands out to him so much is that the world-wide event is hosted and coordinated by police officers.
"In turn, we invite the community out to participate and it ends up being a great day for the community."
For more information about the 2013 Special Olympics Torch Run, visit www.specialolympics.org or contact Agent Randy Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.