Law enforcement officers run the Flame of Hope across the state in the annual Torch Relay in May. Officers carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of State Winter, Summer, and Fall Games each year. The top five fundraising departments have the honor of carrying in the Flame of Hope during these games and lighting the cauldron.
2014 Torch Relay Routes!
Friday May 9th
Fort Stewart, Contact: Dana Schwart
Start out heading North East on E. Bultman Ave., Turn Right onto 4th St. out of Gate 2, continuing on Olmstead Dr., Olmstead Dr. turns into N. Main St. , Continue onto N. Main Street into downtown Hinesville, Turn Left onto E. ML King Jr Dr. ending at Hinesville Police Department
Total Distance: 2.23 Miles
Monday, May 19th
Columbia County (Augusta), Contact: Sgt. Daniel Massey, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
Run begins at 9:00am and is a total of 3 miles long. Begins at
Columbia Square at Flowing Wells and Washington Road. Route ends at The Justice Center at 640 Ronald Reagan Drive. (Fort Gordon to join Columbia County on their run.)
Tuesday, May 20th
Soperton, Contact: Chief Luke Kicklighter, Soperton Police Department
Beginning at 10:00am at the Iva Park on Second Street and ending at NAPA Auto Parts on Metter Road. Total distance is approximately 1 mile through the heart of town.
Wednesday, May 21st
Middle GA (Perry, Houston County, Warner Robins), Contact: Capt. John Clay, Warner Robins Police Department
Starting at 9 a.m at Warner Robins Police Department and will be heading towards Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, May 23rd
Dougherty County, Contact: Marie Ostrander, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office
Meet at 8:00am at the Dougherty County Courthouse to sign in. There will be a kickoff ceremony at 8:30am and the run will begin at 9:00am and will run from the Courthouse down Pine Avenue to the Publix Super Market on Dawson Road (approximately 5 miles).
Jackson County, Contact: Chief Randy Williams, Arcade Police Department
Start at Arcade Police Department at 8:15AM. Run from Arcade PD to the Jefferson PD up in Jefferson which is 3.5 miles. Continue from the Jefferson PD out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department which is a total of 6.2 miles.
Monday, May 26th (Memorial Day) – No Torch Routes
Tuesday, May 27th
Cherokee County to Cobb County, Contact: Captain Ken Locke, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office,
Start at 8:00 A.M. at the Oak Grove precinct located off S.R.92 and will travel down S.R. 92 coming to I-75 we will meet the City of Acworth at or around 8:30. The run in Cherokee County will be about 3 miles. The Cherokee County SWAT team will be running.
Contact: Officer Gretchen Ingram, Marietta Police Department
The Cherokee run will meet up with the Cobb agencies at the motel (Best Western) on the northwest side of 92 @ I-75 around 0830hrs.
We run from 92 to Main Street in Acworth and from there all the way to Marietta to Church Street Extension to Church Street to the Square and end at the Marietta Police Department. We can also take a detour in each City for a photo opportunity in front of your agency or building if you would like to.
We will leave Marietta PD at 0745hrs and travel to 92 @ I-75 to wait for Cherokee SO. We will travel in a couple of vehicles and a passenger van. Any agency that wishes to can meet us here or we can all meet at the scene.
From Marietta the route will go down Lemon Street to Atlanta Street to Smyrna PD
Carroll County, Contact: Chief Michael Mansour, Villa Rica Police Department
Route begins at 9:00am starting at the GSP Barracks to the Villa Rica PD. (1 mile total)
Officer Jeff Vaughn, Carrollton Police Department
Torch relay will begin close to 10am and end in the city square.
Gwinnett County, Contact: Batinna Thornhill Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
Registration is at 8:00am and run is to begin at 8:30am sharp. The run will begin at Lilburn Police Department (76 Main St. NW, Lilburn, 30047). Total run is approximately 5 miles to the Gwinnett County line at the intersection of Hwy 29 and Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Wednesday, May 28th
Muscogee County, Contact: Sgt. Donald Bush, Columbus Police Department,
Start at Fort Benning in the morning. At 8:45am there will be a brief ceremony at Columbus Police Department in the parking lot. Following the ceremony, the run will begin. The torch will stop at River Road and Bradley Park Drive. (13 miles total) Muscogee County Prison will be running as well.
Douglasville, Contact: Officer Matt Underwood, Douglasville Police Department,
Start at 10:00am at the Olive Garden on Douglas Blvd. The route will run to the courthouse and then end at the new Police Department. Total distance is 4.5 miles.
Henry County, Stephen Chance: Henry Co Sheriff Office
Start at 8:00 am. Publix on 20 West in McDonough a 5 mile run, and we run West down Hwy 20 ending at Hampton Locust Grove Rd. There will also be a bus available to drive everyone back to the Publix after the run.
Thursday, May 29th
Clayton County, Contact: Ashanti Marbury, Clayton County Police Department,
Meet at 9:40am at Clayton County Police Department Headquarters. Will run to N. McDonough Street, left onto GA 138, right to Jonesboro Road ending at 3885 Jonesboro Rd.
Sandy Springs to Dunwoody, Contact: Officer Tim Burell, Sandy Springs Police Department
Run will begin at 10:00am; Starting point will be Johnson Ferry Rd and Sandy Springs Circle (fire station 2), we will continue on Johnson Ferry, cross Roswell Rd and turn onto Mt Vernon Hwy. We will travel on Mt Vernon past Abernathy Rd into Dunwoody continuing on Mt Vernon. We will stay on Mt Vernon until we reach Chamblee Dunwoody Rd where we will turn left onto Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. We will travel to the first traffic light and turn left into the Publix parking lot. The route is approximately 3.7 miles
Friday, May 30th
GA State Capitol to Emory University
*Everyone is invited and highly encouraged to participate in this run! This is a 6.2 mile run and is the final leg of the torch relay.
Please arrive by 8:30am – Press conference to begin at 9:00am and the lighting of the torch and passing off for the Final Leg will occur at approximately 9:20am. The run will end of the campus of Emory University. We are looking for runners and escort vehicles with motor units.
Contact Autumn Unrein at Autumn.Unrein@specialolympicsga.org for more information