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By JP Raineri
Sports Editor 

Law Enforcement Torch Run takes to the streets of Temecula next month


Last updated 4/6/2019 at 4:35pm

The 18th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Barbecue celebration will take place Sunday, May 19, benefitting the Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region. Courtesy photo

In 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped change the world's perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities when she founded Special Olympics, based on her belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities could excel with life-lessons they gained through participation in sports. It's now been proven that by supporting their overall physical health, they develop valuable life skills resulting in a healthier and more independent life.

Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region will host the 18th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Barbecue celebration Sunday, May 19, at Wilson Creek Winery. The run will kick off with an opening ceremony at Pechanga Resort Casino. The ceremony will include presentations by local law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and members of the community.

Immediately following the ceremony, officers will carry the "Flame of Hope" from Pechanga Resort Casino through the streets of Temecula. When the torch arrives in Old Town Temecula, Special Olympics athletes will join the officers. Together, they will carry the "Flame of Hope" down Old Town Front Street.

Next, the runners will head east along Rancho California Road into the rolling hills of wine country and arrive at Wilson Creek Winery for a celebration barbecue, which will include live music, dancing, a silent auction and a Unified Bocce competition.

Organizers said the event is a fun run to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region. It is not a race, and runners can run a portion of the leg or as many legs as they want. Shuttle service will be provided back to the starting point if needed.

Through the Torch Run, the officers raise awareness and funds for the more than 37,100 athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. They also educate the community about the gifts, talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities and promote unity and respect for all. For this particular leg, all funds raised will go directly to benefit Special Olympics athletes in the Inland Empire Region.

Special Olympics Inland Empire enriches the lives of more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports education and athlete Health Special Olympics Inland Empire is one of nine Regional programs of Special Olympics Southern California and offers year-round sports training and competitions for athletes and all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To learn more about the race, visit or email Mimi Wright at [email protected] or (951) 703-6501.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at [email protected]


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