Published: Apr 20, 2011 6:08 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 3:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, CCSO Explorer Post-29 members, Florida Highway Patrol, Punta Gorda Police, County Probation, and Charlotte Correctional Institute, participated this morning in the annual Special Olympics “Torch Run” from Punta Gorda to Port Charlotte.
 
Just before the run, CCSO District-2 Commander Lt. Mike Anderson, Special Olympics Regional Director for Law Enforcement Torch Runs said, “This is the largest turnout ever.” He thanked everyone for participating, gave a briefing, and then the run began at 9 a.m. from the Publix parking lot in Punta Gorda.

It proceeded north on U.S. 41, across the bridge, and then passed by Charlotte Harbor School as challenged students cheered the runners on.
 
The runners took a rest stop at Publix in Charlotte Harbor then proceeded north on U.S. 41 and finished in the Publix parking lot in Port Charlotte.