Final Leg of 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California

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Winding up two weeks of torch relay by more than 500 law enforcement personnel from throughout Northern California, the last leg will leave the State Capitol to head for the site of the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games at UC Davis on Friday, June 24th

When: 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 24

Where: California State Capitol North Steps

Presenters:     
California Governor Jerry Brown (schedule permitting)
Sgt. Terry Bartholomew (Ret.), Alameda County Sheriff’s, Director, Northern California Torch Run
Commissioner Joe Farrow, CHP
Chief Pete Dunbar, Pleasant Hill PD
Chief Annette Davis, UC Davis PD

Who:
Special Olympics local athletes and coaches, and officers representing the local law enforcement community will be in attendance.

What:    
Beginning at 5:30 a.m., officers and deputies will relay the Special Olympics Flame of Hope ™ some 28 miles from Beals Point in Granite Bay to the North Steps of the State Capitol. After a brief kick-off ceremony and press conference, the Torch will continue its journey through West Sacramento before proceeding through Woodlands and to the Summer Games at University of California, Davis where it will light the Cauldron to open the Games. The lighting of the cauldron will conclude the 700 mile, 21 county and 500 officer 2011 run. The Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Director will present a check representing this year’s fundraising total to Special Olympics Northern California.

Background:     
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is both a large global grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, raising more than $34 million world wide to benefit Special Olympics athletes. The Torch Run is an actual running event in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics competitions. In Northern California, law enforcement personnel earn the honor of running the torch through their communities on its journey to Summer Games by raising funds for Special Olympics throughout the year.

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