Yuma, Ariz. – The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics kicks off this year on Saturday, Apr. 30 and will run through Friday, May 6.
Yuma-area law enforcement agencies are responsible for the fifth leg of the relay and are scheduled to begin in San Luis, Ariz. at First Avenue and Urtuzuastegui Street at 8 a.m. on Wed., May 4. The run will conclude in Yuma at the Quartermaster Depot (300 N. 4th Avenue). At 11:45 a.m. there will be a brief reception at the Quartermaster Depot that will involve Special Olympics Yuma and City officials.
The Flame of Hope will continue its journey toward Glendale, Ariz. for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games at Raymond S. Kellis High School (8990 W. Orangewood, Glendale, Ariz.) The games will be held May 5-7.
Community members and local media are encouraged to attend and cheer on runners, and to stay for the reception at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot. The torch run, along with other community fundraisers, have allowed law enforcement agencies to raise funds for the Special Olympics Athletes of Yuma.
Thanks to the community's generous support, the Yuma Police Department has raised more than $13,000 with successful fundraisers such as Tip-A-Cop, the Scary & Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Yuma Territorial Prison,, Fuel of Dreams, "Show you Care Change Your Hair" and the sales of our K-9 stuffed animals.
Agencies participating in this years’ run include: Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma Proving Ground, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE); Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Emerald Correctional Management, U.S. Marshal’s, Arizona Department of Transportation, San Luis Police Department, Yuma County Adult Probation, Arizona Department of Corrections, Marine Corps Air Station Provost Marshall’s Office (US Marine Corps), Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center, Somerton Police Department, Yuma County Superior Court, Ak-Chin Police Department, United States Customs Border Protection (U.S. Border Patrol), Quechan Police Department, Cocopah Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Yuma Police Department.