May 5, 2003

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run


Law Enforcement Officers support and participate in the Torch Run Relay, which is held in various cities and counties in Northern California..  The route commences in Stockton and the last torch is carried into the Opening Ceremony by a Special Athlete on Friday, June 6th, starting the Special Olympics Summer Games. The Summer Games are held at Delta College on June 7th and 8th. SaveMart Foods and Applebee's are two of several major sponsors.  This year, in order to recognize their contributions, San Joaquin County Officers are running a relay with a stop at each S-Mart/SaveMart stores in Stockton and Lodi.  The Lodi Police Department is starting their run at 3:30 PM at S-Mart Foods at 610 W. Kettleman Lane, then running as a group to Applebee's located at 2442 W. Kettleman Lane. 


The torch will first be carried by Jennifer Root, LPD dispatcher who has contributed to the Special Olympics for several years.  Root, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, is recovering from surgery and begins treatment soon.  On June 7th, Lodi High School is hosting a Relay for Life,  a fundraising event for cancer.  Jennifer Root will run a short distance, then hand the torch off to Chief Jerry Adams, or his representative, who will then lead the Lodi Officers to Applebee's.  Some officers will then drive to Stockton in order to participate in the Torch Run from the University of the Pacific to Weber's Point prior to the commencement at the Wall of Honor and the lighting of the caldron to start the Summer Games.


Officers will be selling special Torch Run t-shirts at S-Mart Foods before the start of their run.  Shirts will be $15.00 each and all proceeds will go to support the Northern California Special Olympics.


Any questions contact Officer Robert Paine or Cpl. Martinez at (209) 333-6727.






Special Olympics Northern California Opens 2003 Summer Games on June 6 with  $800,000 check from Law Enforcement


WHAT: Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics Northern California’s (SONC) annual Summer Games. The Games, which take place June 7 and 8 at San Joaquin Delta College, involve 1000 Special Olympics athletes from Northern California who compete in aquatics, athletics, bocce, gymnastics, and tennis.

A highlight of Opening Ceremonies will be the presentation of a $800,000 check from “Law Enforcement Torch Run,” a fundraiser organized by 140 Northern California law enforcement agencies. In addition, law enforcement officers from 30 counties will open the ceremonies by forming a “Wall Of Honor” to applaud teams of Special Olympics athletes as they enter Weber Point. At the end of the evening, officers will present the Special Olympics Torch and escort a Special Olympics athlete on a Glory Run to light the Cauldron that opens the Games. Fireworks will follow the lighting of the Cauldron.

At 6:45 that evening, law enforcement officers will run the final leg of Torch Run, 3.7 miles from Hand Field at University of The Pacific to Weber Point. A brief press conference and check presentation will be made at 7:30 PM at southern most corners of Channel and Center streets in Weber Point prior to opening ceremonies at 8pm.


WHEN/WHERE:    June 6, 2002--Weber Point, Downtown Stockton


6:45 PM Law Enforcement Officers Complete Torch Run Final Leg

7:30 PM Check Presentation/Press Conference (Weber Point Amphitheater, SW corner Fremont/Center Street)

                                    7:45 PM Wall of Honor, Athletes Enter Weber Point

                                    9:45 PM Glory Run and Lighting of Cauldron


WHO:    The single largest supporter of Summer Games, Torch Run involves over 2,000 law enforcement officers. In addition to running the Special Olympics’ Torch through each county, officers raise funds by organizing local events, including “billboard sits,” “Tip-A-Cop” dinners, and golf tournaments. Started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics, the event is now the largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International, taking place in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries



·        Visuals of law enforcement Torch Runners entering Weber Point with Special Olympics Torch, accompanied by Special Olympics athletes, and officers on motorcycles and bicycles (6:45 PM)

·        Presentation of $800,000 check from Torch Run (7:30 PM); interviews with Stockton Police Department officer Mark McLaughlin, Torch Run Executive Committee, Chiefs of Police

·        Visuals of Wall of Honor and 1000 Special Olympics athletes entering Weber Point 8pm

·        Visuals of Glory Run through Weber Point and lighting of Torch 9pm

For more information, contact Jamie Tosio, SONC, 925/944-8801ext 238.