CDCR leads largest group for run’s Southern Leg

By Maryanne Larios, Parole Agent III
South Coast Parole Unit

Recently, 48 active and retired parole agents and Day Reporting Center staff from Southern Region rallied for a charitable cause.

On June 4, 2015, CDCR participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run-Southern Leg by running in the Orange County Torch Run.

The group included parole agents/staff from the following districts: GPS South & North, CPAT, South Coast, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, San Bernardino, Mid-City, and Riverside districts.

At approximately 11 a.m., the group met at the Irvine Parole Office for pictures. After photos, the group was shuttled over to their torch pass-off location.

Costa Mesa Police Department passed the torch and the parole group ran two miles to pass the torch over to the University of California Irvine Police Department.

After the torch run, the group went back to the Irvine Parole Office for some tacos.  This is the largest group of runners they have had in the 15 years that Southern Region parole agents have participated.

Next year, the Division of Adult Parole Operations plans to participate in the run with an even larger group.

Special Olympics of Orange County were especially grateful for DAPO’s participation since CDCR had the largest group of runners in the Southern Leg and donated nearly $2,000 to the nonprofit group.

What is the Torch Run?

“In 1981, Chief Richard LaMunyon of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department created the Law Enforcement Torch Run as a way to involve his officers in the community by running a torch relay for their local Special Olympics. The first Torch Run involved six officers and they raised no money,” according to the Special Olympics website. “The Torch Run has grown to include more than 125 runs in 48 nations. Since its inception 33 years ago, more than 100,000 law enforcement officers have raised $500 million for the Special Olympics movement worldwide.”

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

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