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Temporary road closures for annual Torch Run

05/30/2014


Get your running or walking shoes out. The First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii will be held tonight.

Runners will begin their 3.2-mile route around 7:15 p.m. at Fort DeRussy and end at University of Hawaii Les Murakami stadium. There will be temporary road closures on Kalia Road, Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalakaua Avenue, Kapahulu Avenue, and Old Waialae Avenue as runners make their way to the finish line. The roadways will progressively reopen once the participants have passed.

Those participating in the walk will start their 1-mile course at Kapahulu First Hawaiian Bank branch and end at the Les Murakami stadium.

The run raises awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii, an organization that provides year round training and competition for athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities. The event coincides with the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Statewide Summer Games.

The Torch Run is named in honor of fallen Honolulu Police Officer Troy Barboza, who volunteered as a Special Olympics coach and participated in Hawaii's first Torch Run in 1986. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Hawaii.