Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and California Rehabilitation Center staff participated in the 2015 Special Olympics Torch Run.

Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and California Rehabilitation Center staff participated in the 2015 Special Olympics Torch Run.

CRC staff jogs with Jurupa Sheriff’s Department in Torch Run

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center

NORCO – Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins of the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) and 25 staff members participated in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

CRC employees from custody, Health Care Services and several other classifications joined the Jurupa Sheriff’s Department in running a portion of the 8.6-mile run through Norco on Monday, June 8. Warden Tampkins represented CRC by leading the team with the flaming torch held high.

Senior Information System Analyst Supervisor Christina Davis coaxed the Warden and several runners not to wait to run their designated two miles; instead, they joined the Jurupa leg and ran a total of seven miles. The torch run was an extraordinary event that brought multiple law enforcement agencies together for a common goal of volunteering and community outreach, according to organizers.

This was the second torch run for many CRC employees, but first-timers like Officers Sergio Salazar and Adam Otero said they were nervous about the experience. By the end of the route, it was hard to distinguish between the veterans and novices.

CRC’s participation in the torch run was coordinated through Special Olympics Southern California.

The organization provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

“This was not just a simple jog in the city,” said Warden Tampkins. “This run garnered $1,000 for the Special Olympics and for that I am truly thankful to my staff for their participation.”