"Flame of Hope" Lights the Way during Torch Run Relay 

Photos for the 2013 Torch Run

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

More than 4,000 officers and Special Olympics athletes will proudly run 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 is made up of three main legs (North, Central, and South) and nearly a dozen smaller legs.

  • The Northern Leg starts in San Luis Obispo County and travels south through Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
  • The Los Angeles (Central) Leg covers the entire Los Angeles County.
  • The Southern Leg begins in San Diego and travels north to Orange County. It also goes through Riverside and San Bernardino Counties before entering Los Angeles County.
  • Other shorter legs include 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 will convene at the Summer Games championships where they unite into a single flame. An officer and Special Olympics athlete then carry a single torch into the Opening Ceremony and symbolize the start of the 2014 Games.

Run with the Torch

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

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Authorized and Accredited by
Special Olympics, Inc. for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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