A handful of Los Altos Police Department members will once again strap on their running shoes to take part in the annual Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday.
The torch run is the largest year-round fundraising event for the 2013 Special Olympics Northern California. This year’s run to carry the “Flame of Hope” began June 14 in Tulare County and will pass through Santa Clara County today and Thursday, finishing June 28 on the UC Davis campus for the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.
As in past years, local police department members will participate in the run through Los Altos. This year three officers and two dispatchers, including Tracie Delira, who is organizing the local event, will represent Los Altos.
“Although I’m not a runner, I do feel that it’s important to represent and show support for the Special Olympics and its athletes,” said Delira, who noted that police representatives would run alongside local Special Olympics athletes to carry the torch.
According to Delira, Mountain View Police representatives are slated to hand off the torch to their Los Altos counterparts approximately 3-3:30 p.m. near the corner of El Camino Real and Escuela Avenue. From there, a Los Altos Police motorcade will escort runners along El Camino Real to the Los Altos Avenue intersection, where Palo Alto Police Department runners will pick up the torch.
Delira said motorists should expect temporary delays along El Camino Real, noting that the northbound right lane will be temporarily closed for the safety of runners. She added that the Los Altos Police Department is still accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics.