The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Torch run

Local law enforcement officers participated in an Olympic-style torch relay Thursday as they carried the “Flame of Hope” a portion of the way to California State University in Long Beach to open the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games.

As part of the route in South Pasadena, members of the South Pasadena Police Department, along with City Councilman Michael Cacciotti on bicycle, carried the torch north on Fair Oaks Avenue Boulevard, west on Monterey Road, onto Pasadena Avenue, before handing it off to officials in Highland Park.

This year’s Torch Run started early last week with the Southern leg originating from the Chula Vista Police Department.  From start to finish, more than 3,500 law enforcement officers, including police chiefs and officers, military police and sheriffs will carry the torch about 1,500 miles throughout the Southland  before arriving at the start of the weekend  Special Olympics event.

Athletes and volunteers travel from all over Southern California to participate in the annual event featuring 1,100 athletes, 300 coaches, 3,000 volunteers and spectators. Young persons and teens will compete in a series of events including aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, golf and gymnastics.

 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1881 in Wichita, Kansas. Richard LaMunyon, Wichita’s police chief at the time, saw an urgent need to raise funds and increase awareness for Special Olympics.

 

 

 

  • : By Bill Glazier Review Editor