California police lead the run up to Special Olympics

June 17, 2013 by  

Over 2,000 officers from law enforcement agencies across Southern California have taken part in a 500-mile run over five days, which ended on June 5 and included officers from Burbank who passed the torch to Glendale police officer Ronnie Marneo.

The proud officer has taken part in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for more than 12 years. One of his colleagues, Sue Shine, also took part in the run for the 13th consecutive year.

The Glendale Police Department, along with the department at Burbank, takes part in the run each year to raise funds for the Special Olympics. In 2012, almost $1.2m was raised by 125 agencies in law enforcement. The run this year will conclude on Friday at Cal State Long Beach, with the Special Olympics taking place the following day.

The monies raised every year are used to provide transportation and uniforms, and to fund training for the Olympians. The torch run has been taking place for more than 30 years, raising $414m along the way. They have taken place in 48 countries, with 125 runs in total. Sgt. Scott Meadows of Burbank Police Department says that he loves to see the joy on the participants’ faces as they complete the run each year.

The event is promoted annually, possibly utilizing the printing skills of a local print company to produce flyers, posters, and banners to be displayed around the cities. Spectators in Burbank cheered the runners on, taking photos and waving at them along the route.