500+ law enforcement personnel run Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout NorCal

More than 500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies are running the Special Olympics' Flame of Hope through Northern California June 10-24 as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year-round fundraising campaign.

The campaign will culminate at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, June 24-26 at UC Davis. The Special Olympics Summer Games bring together more than 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Northern California to compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis and track and field. The Games officially begin after the final leg of the Torch Run has been completed and the Flame of Hope lights the Special Olympics cauldron during opening ceremonies.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Tulare County on Friday, June 10. The Torch Run continued through Fresno County on June 13, and Madera County on June 14. The Torch Run continues through Merced County on Wednesday, starting at 7 a.m.. The Torch Run will then continue into Stanislaus County on June 16.

Every officer running the torch has earned the right to be a "Guardian of the Flame" by raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics, organizers said in a news release. For further details, contact Dorreen Roth at (925) 381-1170 or Officer Luis Lara at (209) 614-2916.

Participating agencies include Merced CHP and Explorers; Modesto CHP; Los Banos CHP; Mariposa CHP; Central Division Air Operations Unit; CHP officers from the Grapevine Inspection Facility; CHP officers from the Special Services Unit based in Fresno; Atwater Police Department; Livingston Police Department; Merced Sheriff’s Office; Merced Police Department; and the CHP’s Chowchilla Enforcement Facility.