Starting at 7 a.m. on June 7, members of the South Pasadena Police Officers Association (SPPOA), police department, their families, South Pasadena Firefighters and community volunteers will participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising event for the Special Olympics.
A year ago, the Southern California Torch Run raised nearly 1.4 million dollars. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was founded in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Department Police Chief Richard LaMunyon as a need to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.
In Southern California alone, more than 3,000 officers and Special Olympics athletes will carry the “Flame of Hope” torch over 1,500 miles through 200 communities to help raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics of Southern California.
Each year, the SPPOA donates funds to the Special Olympics where all funds are used to help support and develop athlete participation in local, regional, state and international competitions as well as training workshops and conferences.
SPPOA members also support the Special Olympics by carrying the “Flame of Hope” through the city helping to raise awareness for the Special Olympics.
The “Flame of Hope” torch will be received by officers of the Alhambra Police Department on Wednesday, June 6, around 3:30 p.m. at Fremont and Alhambra Road. It will remain overnight at the South Pasadena Police Department no Torch activity at night). At 7 a.m., Thursday morning, the torch will hit the streets again for its three-mile journey through South Pasadena. Participants will carry it from Fremont/Alhambra Road, north on Fremont, east on Huntington Drive, north on Fair Oaks and westbound on Monterey to the York Bridge.
The torch will be handed off to the Los Angeles Unified School Police Department and continue through the streets of Los Angeles until it reaches its final destination at Cal State Long Beach for the start of the Special Olympics
The public is welcome to support the runners by cheering them on as they run through the streets of South Pasadena on June 7.