"Flame of Hope" Lights the Way during the Final Leg

Final Leg Photos

Officers from local, county, state, federal, and military agencies carried the "Flame of Hope" throughout Southern California in May and June as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg.

More than 4,000 officers and Special Olympics athletes proudly ran 1,500 miles and through 200 communities with the torch to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Southern California.

Torch Run Routes

The Torch Run was made up of three main legs (North, Central, and South) and nearly a dozen smaller legs.

  • The Northern Leg started in San Luis Obispo County and traveled south through Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
  • The Los Angeles (Central) Leg covered the entire Los Angeles County.
  • The Southern Leg began in San Diego and traveled north to Orange County. It also went through Riverside and San Bernardino Counties before entering Los Angeles County.
  • Other shorter legs included Antelope Valley (covers part of northern Los Angeles County), Imperial Valley, Kern County, Riverside County, Central Riverside County (Hemet to Cabazon), Santa Clarita, and Temecula.

The three main legs convened at the Summer Games Invitational where they united into a single flame. An officer and Special Olympics athlete then carried a single torch into the Opening Ceremony and symbolized the start of the 2014 Games.

Participate in the Final Leg

Lead the charge in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg by signing up as a runner and raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics Southern California.

If you or your agency would like to carry the "Flame of Hope," please contact Rich Fernandez at rfernandez@sosc.org or 562.502.1132.

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Special Olympics, Inc. for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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