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Posted on: June 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Ventura police officers carry the torch for the Special Olympics


Over 30 Ventura Police officers and staff will participate in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Tuesday, June 7, from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The run will start at the steps of the Ventura City Hall located at 501 Poli Street. Runners will carry the Special Olympics’ Torch, also known as the “Flame of Hope,” through the streets of Ventura.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest awareness and grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. In Southern California, it consists of nine different legs, ranging from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Legs are completed in conjunction with Special Olympics athletes and various members of law enforcement agencies from throughout the region.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Corporal Ryan Reynosa, Special Olympics Liaison with the Ventura Police Department. “I run each year for inclusion, awareness, fundraising, and camaraderie. “It’s just icing on the cake when community members come out to cheer us on.”

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will impact the flow of traffic in the area. Residents are urged to review route information and use alternative streets for their morning commute.

Route Information:

  • 7:30 a.m. - Runners meet on the steps of the Ventura City Hall.
  • 8:00 a.m. - Runners depart City Hall, head east on Poli Street, south on

                             Chestnut Street, and east on Thompson Street to Main Street.

  • 8:30 a.m. - Runners arrive at the Pacific View Mall and continue east on Main

                             Street to Telephone Road and south on Portola Road.

  • 8:50 a.m. - Runners arrive at the Ventura Police Department for a short break.
  • 9:00 a.m. - Runners continue east on Ralston Street and south on Johnson Drive.
  • 9:20 a.m. - At US 101, runners will take the foot bridge over the Santa Clara River

                             and hand off the “Flame of Hope” to the Oxnard Police Department.

Community members interested in supporting the cause can come cheer on participants as the "Flame of Hope" makes its way through Ventura or can support financially by making a donation to "Team Ventura PD" online by clicking here.

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