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Unified Fall Fest Torch Run

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The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run for Special Olympics PA is a segmented non-competitive run (approx. 26 miles in total) with 18 segments ranging from a ½ mile to 3 ½ miles, beginning on Friday, Nov. 1st at 9:30 a.m. The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run will kick off from XFINITY Live! Philadelphia 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 will head West via MLK Boulevard/West River Drive into Bala Cynwyd and through the heart of the Main Line to Villanova. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and the largest student run Special Olympics event in the world, the annual Fall Festival occurring from Nov. 1-3 at Villanova University. 

The Run will be led by members of the Philadelphia Police Department and other local law enforcement partners and will include SOPA athletes, unified student partners, event sponsors, political supporters, civic leaders and many other members of Philadelphia and the surrounding community, all of whom will take part in this unique and inspiring journey.

The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run also serves as a run in memory of fallen officers from across the state and won’t officially end until the Flame of Hope will light the cauldron during Opening Ceremonies at Villanova, on Friday evening in The Pavilion. 

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2020 Unified Fall Festival Torch Run Recap

Special thanks are extended to the runners representing law enforcement officers, Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) athletes, elected officials, schools and businesses that participated in the 10th Annual Unified Fall Festival Torch Run, a 26-mile non-competitive run consisting of 18 legs from XFINITY Live! Philadelphia to Villanova. The Flame of Hope traveled to Villanova University where it later ignited the Olympic Cauldron to kick off SOPA’s 32nd Annual Fall Festival during Opening Ceremonies on November 6th.