Boca Teacher, Running For Office, Also Ran Olympic Flame

BOCA RATON, FL ( — A Palm Beach County School teacher is among the lucky few to have carried the olympic torch twice — and he is now running a different sort of race: he is running for office.

The teacher, David Lutrin, is running for Florida Statehouse in District 85, but is sharing with students and friends his memories of running the olympic torch in both Los Angeles and Atlanta.

According to his campaign:

Lutrin, 58, teaches physical education at Boca Raton’s Coral Sunset Elementary and has taught in public schools for 22 years.   He was able to retain possession of the torches from both Olympiads and brings them to school to inspire his pupils each year. “Competitors from the Olympic Games come to compete in friendly competition and leave international politics aside for two weeks every four years.  I teach my kids that when they set foot on a playing field, you need to put aside personal differences and play the game for the love of the game.”

Lutrin plans to have both torches on hand for a July 27th London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony watch party, taking place at Abbey Road Restaurant and Sports Grill in Palm Beach Gardens.  Information about the event can be found on Lutrin’s campaign facebook page and website,

As a charitable donor to a youth legacy program, Lutrin qualified to carry the torch in Los Angeles and torchbearers from those games were able to keep their torches.  Lutrin entered his wife

David Lutrin Olympi Torch

David Lutrin, a Boca Raton teacher, ran the Olympic Torch in both the Los Angeles and Atlanta Games. He is now running for office.

Harriet in a Coca-Cola sponsored contest to carry the torch for the Atlanta Olympics and she won the contest.  She decided to let her husband run for a second time.  That torch was purchased and gifted to Lutrin by his school PTA, where Lutrin had been nominated as a United Way Community Hero.

Lutrin participated in lacrosse and track while at Queens College, and plans to use that experience in his run for State House in District 85, encompassing his residence in Palm Beach Gardens and northern Palm Beach County against incumbent Representative Pat Rooney.  “Politics is a different kind of competition but we’ll try to keep it friendly; I do look forward to carrying the torch for District 85 all the way to Tallahassee”

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