Published: Apr 30, 2010 10:22 AM EDT

Traffic may be slow between the hours of 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. along northbound U.S. 41 as Lee County's annual "Law Enforcement Torch Run" begins Friday.


The run, which benefits Special Olympics Florida, starts at 8:00 A.M. at the Sheriff's Office headquarters, located at 14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.  The finish line is located in the Big Lots parking lot, located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Pondella Road in North Fort Myers. 

The Torch Run is an intra-state relay involving more than 300 city, county, state and federal agencies throughout sixty-seven counties in Florida.  Representatives from the following agencies are expected to participate in the event: Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Cape Coral Police Department, Sanibel Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee County Port Authority Police and Lee County Parks and Recreation.

Traffic deputies will escort runners along the route to ensure minimal disruptions.