It all started on March 24, when hundreds of law enforcement agents from Panama toured more than 13 points around the country, with the Torch Run, to announce the arrival of the Special Olympics Latin American Games in Panama. On April 21, almost a month later, the Flame of Hope arrived at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium to light the cauldron that started the games.
The event was organized as a Unified Torch Run with Special Olympics athletes from Panama and Latin America with the support of DHL Latin America. Representatives from the Government of Panama, including President Juan Carlos Varela and the First Lady Lorena de Varela, held the Flame of Hope at the Presidential Palace. It also included the participation of celebrities such as the songwriter Erika Ender and Special Olympics leaders, CEO Mary Davis, Special Olympics Latin America President, Claudia Echeverry, Special Olympics Panama President, Yolanda Eleta de Varela, and Latin American Games Director, Sandra Sanchez.