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Flame lights the way during Special Olympics Torch Run

Officers from local, county, state, federal and military agencies carried the “Flame of Hope” throughout southern California, winding its way through Claremont on Wednesday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, leading up to the Special Olympics his weekend.

With a formal Claremont Police Department escort, 14 employees from the Claremont PD, 3 participants from Cal Poly Pomona and 5 athletes and staffers from the Special Olympics made their way through Claremont Wednesday, handing off the torch at Wheeler Avenue in La Verne.

Beginning May 28, more than 4000 officers and Special Olympics athletes from throughout southern California ran with the torch 1500 miles and through 200 communities to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Three main legs of the torch run—northern, southern and Los Angeles—will convene this Saturday, June 8 at Cal State Long Beach where they will unite into a single flame.

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