Officers from throughout San Luis Obispo County are participating in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefiting Special Olympics.
The officers, who began in Paso Robles and will cover 75 miles in the county, will arrive at 5 p.m. Monday at the San Luis Obispo County government center, 1055 Monterey St.
Participating officers come from the Paso Robles, Atascadero, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach Police Departments; the county Probation Department; California State Parks; Atascadero State Hospital Police Department; Army National Guard; California Men’s Colony; Cal Poly Police Department; District Attorney’s Office; and the FBI.
In the Torch Run, officers escort the “Flame of Hope” to bring awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. In all, more than4,000 officers around Southern California will carry the Special Olympics torch more than 1,500 miles.
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Two additional runs are occurring simultaneously, one in Los Angeles County and the other in San Diego County. They will convene on June 9 at Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach, where they will be united into a single flame.
At the Summer Games Special Olympics, more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California will compete in aquatics, basketball, bocce, golf, gymnastics, and track and field on June 9 and 10 at Cal State Long Beach.
For more information about Summer Games, visit www.sosc.org/summergames.
For more information about the Torch Run locally, contact Lt. Bill Proll at 781-7369.