Calipatria State Prison Warden Warren L. Montgomery joined the run.

Calipatria State Prison Warden Warren L. Montgomery joined the run.

CDCR joined other law agencies for Imperial Valley Torch Run

By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison

Staff from CDCR’s Calipatria State Prison recently showed their support by running alongside other law enforcement agency representatives in this year’s Imperial Valley Special Olympics Torch Run.

U.S. Games gold medalist Cody Pierce, left, and Bratt House, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, carry the Flame of Hope.

U.S. Games gold medalist Cody Pierce, left, and Bratt House, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, carry the Flame of Hope.

Those in attendance for the hot July 18 run were members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, and local police departments, as well as other agencies.

Special Olympic Athlete and recent U.S. Games gold medal winner Cody Pierce, as well as Bratt House of the Oklahoma City Police Department, held the Flame of Hope at the start of the one mile run which began at a local store in El Centro and ended at the Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Pavilion.

The path through the streets was cleared by a California Highway Patrol officer, who escorted the team.

One who donned Guardians of the Flame T-shirt, and was part of the team jogging in solidarity was Warden Warren L. Montgomery.

“CDCR and the law enforcement community have long been supporters of the Special Olympics,” said Warden Montgomery. “It’s an honor and a privilege to run alongside the athletes, their sponsors and the law enforcement community in Imperial Valley, as these athletes have earned and deserve our support.”

For two years, Community Resource Manager Claudia S. Macias has been part of the committee organizing the local event.

“Special Olympics provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of events,” she said. “Some of the team sports include soccer, floor hockey, swimming and basketball. The program offers great opportunities for athletes to have fun, learn skills, develop healthy fitness habits and boost their self-esteem.”

Runners enter the sport pavilion.

Runners enter the sports pavilion.