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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wednesday, June 6th Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement officers will go above the normal call of duty and run in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Wednesday, June 6th , 2018. The kick-off ceremony starts promptly at
1:30 p.m. in front of the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office at 1112 Santa Barbara St. with over 90 law enforcement officers. These officers will run the “Flame of Hope” through Southern Santa Barbara County as the torch makes its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 9th at California State Long Beach.

Runners will represent every law enforcement agency in the South County, including: Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, UCSB Police, California Highway Patrol and California State Parks. Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow will be running the leg from Hwy 154 & Calle Real to the DA’s Office downtown along with several members of the Santa Barbara Police Department at approximately 12:55.

We have the privilege of having the “Women In Law Enforcement” group which was formulated this year as an additional fundraising running group. These women will represent several law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Barbara County and will be running the Final Leg of the Santa Barbara County Torch Run, which will begin at approximately 4:15 pm from Carpinteria Ave. & Arbol Verde in Carpinteria south to the Santa Barbara County Line.

The South Santa Barbara County portion of the Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg is coordinated every year by Lt. Butch Arnoldi of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. With over 31 years of experience coordinating the Torch Run, Lt. Arnoldi has been instrumental in sustaining the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Santa Barbara. This year Lt. Arnoldi was selected by his peers to have the honor of carrying the torch into the arena at the opening games of the Southern California State Games in Long Beach on June 9, 2018.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run movement has become the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. The Southern California Torch Run is one of the leading programs in the world, having raised $ 1.3 million in 2017. Local Law Enforcement Agency officers volunteer at local sports competitions and participate in the Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop events and the Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser, collecting funds to benefit local programs. In 2017, Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement agencies helped raise over $68,000 for Special Olympics programs in Santa Barbara County.

The 2018 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg will feature hundreds of officers carrying the Flame more than 1,500 miles through 200 Southern California communities. Two additional Torch Run routes, one in Los Angeles County and one in San Diego County, will occur simultaneously. All torches will unite at the Summer Games Opening Ceremony this year on Saturday, June 9h at California State Long Beach.

Forty (40) Santa Barbara Special Olympics athletes will compete in the Summer Games in the sports of basketball, bocce, swimming and track and field. For additional information on the Special Olympics Torch Run, contact Gina Carbajal, Regional Director for Special Olympics Santa Barbara County at 805-884-1516 x 103 or gcarbajal@sosc.org.

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