Police Department officers and staff were among a half-dozen Napa County agencies participating in Wednesday's Law Enforcement Northern California Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics.
The annual run started in at 6 a.m. in Calistoga, with various law enforcement agencies carrying the torch in turns all the way to American Canyon. Special Olympics athletes also took part in the run.
The Napa Valley College Police Department team took the torch from the team in downtown Napa and ran the torch to and through the college campus before handing it off to the Police Department bicycle team.
College officials, including acting president Armond Phillips, and staff greeted the runners at the transit stop in front of the college to cheer them on.
According to an announcement from Napa Valley Torch Run coordinator Todd Shulman, the event culminates at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, June 22-24 UC Davis:
The Special Olympics Summer Games brings together more than 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Northern California to compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis and track & 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 caldron during Opening Ceremonies.
As one of the state’s largest grassroots fundraising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics Northern California, a free year-round sports program that serves almost 14,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1995, Northern California law enforcement has raised over $10 million.
The torch run began in Redding (Shasta County) with the flame traveling hundreds of miles through 21 counties, arriving in Davis Friday for the opening of the games, Shulman wrote, adding
Every officer running the torch has earned the right to be a “Guardian of the Flame” by raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.
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