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LETR Mark Pennsylvania Color  Law Enforcement Torch Run Event

The newly expanded Unified Fall Festival Torch Run for Special Olympics PA (SOPA) is a segmented Marathon distance, non-competitive run (approx 26 miles in total) that kicks off from Citizens Bank Park before weaving its way throughout South and Downtown Philadelphia and into University City/West Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Art Museum. After traversing nearly 13 miles of the city, the run heads West via MLK Boulevard/West River Drive into Bala Cynwyd and through the heart of the Main Line to Villanova. All proceeds benefit SOPA and the largest student run Special Olympics event in the world, the annual Fall Festival at Villanova University.

The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run also serves as a run in memory of fallen officers from across the state and  officially ends when the Flame of Hope lit the cauldron during Opening Ceremonies at Villanova, on Friday evening in The Pavilion. The Run’s course was divided into 18 segments or “legs” ranging in length from ½ mile to 3 ½ miles.

The 2017 Unified Fall Fest Torch Run will be held on Friday, November 10th.

2016 Unified Fall Fest Torch Run Recap

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The newly expanded Unified Fall Festival Torch Run for Special Olympics PA (SOPA) took place on Friday, Nov. 4th. 

The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run was led by members of the Philadelphia Police Department and other local law enforcement partners and included SOPA athletes, unified student partners, event sponsors, political supporters, civic leaders and many other members of Philadelphia and the surrounding community.

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Check Out Our Media Coverage:

CBS Philly

Villanova’s Annual Fall Festival Is Underway

6 ABC Action News

Torch Run To Benefit Special Olympics


2016 Major Sponsors and Partners       


 LETR Mark Pennsylvania Color  DLL

PECO    Melmark   


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IBC       Finish Line

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     FOP  SEPTA Transit Police   Slate Belt Regional   Lower Merion PD   PABoard_of_Prob_and_Parole


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