The Louisiana Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run involving area law enforcement entered Natchitoches Parish on La. Hwy 1 North at the Natchitoches-Red River Parish line the afternoon of May 21. Runners travelled south from the Natchitoches-Red River Parish line on La. Hwy 1 into the City of Natchitoches. Natchitoches Police joined the run near Texas Street continuing south to University Parkway. The run ended at the NSU Pavilion.

The Natchitoches Parish Torch Run participants
NPSO photo

Torch Run runners left the NSU Pavilion Wednesday morning and turned onto Rapides Drive/Mill Street then down La.Hwy 1 through the communities of Natchez, Cypress, Montrose, Derry, Cloutierville, Monette Ferry and into Rapides Parish. Law enforcement asks motorists to drive carefully and be aware of the runners on La. Hwy 1 South.

Each year the torch relay involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the State of Louisiana. The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

Each year, the LETR initiative grows larger and better. For more information contact Chief of Youth Services Wendy Llorens at 352-6432.