By Lt. Charles Gilmore, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center
Twenty-three runners, including staff and family members, from the California Correctional Center (CCC) and High Desert State Prison (HDSP), met in Chester, near Lake Almanor, to participate in the inaugural Lassen County Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Northern California Special Olympics.
The run began at 6:15 a.m. with the lighting of the torch in the Chester Memorial Park. The first runner carried the torch through Chester and toward the causeway that crosses a portion of Lake Almanor. At each mile mark, another runner awaited the torch for the next leg of the event.
Some legs of the 36-mile run were extremely challenging as the elevation reached nearly 6,000 feet over the top of Fredonyer Summit. On some of the more difficult legs, runners would pair up to support one another.
One runner was only 6 years old and was accompanied by her mother during her leg in the run.
As the runners neared their final destination in Susanville, they gathered together to carry the torch through town as a team. The “Knuckledraggers” running team was able to raise $850 for Special Olympics.