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Avondale Police to host Special Olympics Torch Run

Post Date:04/11/2019

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For immediate release: April 11, 2019

Contact: Officer Jaret Redfearn/PIO, (623)333-7017,

Avondale Police to host Special Olympics Torch Run

The Avondale Police Department is bringing attention to the Special Olympics with its Annual Torch Run. The May 2nd fundraiser, a 3.17 mile run, starts at Litchfield Road and Van Buren Street, proceeds east on Van Buren Street to Avondale Blvd, ending at the Avondale Civic Center Complex. More than 80 participants comprising of officers from the Avondale PD, Luke AF Base; as well as, the Arizona Department of Corrections, will be running and carrying the torch throughout the designated route.

The Avondale event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign to benefit the Special Olympics which began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas. The national effort of the Torch Run campaign is the largest grassroots fundraising movement for the Special Olympics.

Last year, Avondale raised $16,412.00 for the Special Olympics. The Avondale Police Department supports Special Olympics, and encourages its officers to be involved in these events as it unifies the department in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the organization locally.

The public is encouraged to cheer and support the event, or to join the celebration at the end of the route, at the Avondale Civic Center outdoor amphitheater. The Torch Run will start at 12 p.m., the celebration at the Civic Center will commence shortly after the torch arrives to the complex.

Avondale’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Event
Thursday, May 2nd
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Avondale Civic Center Complex, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale 85323
For further information or to make a donation or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Sgt. Olivia Contreras 623-333-7303. To learn more about Special Olympics Arizona, go to


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 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323 ·  (623) 333-1600  ·
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