AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The cross-agency efforts and generosity of the donations raised provide a tremendous amount of support to the athletes and get the community solidly behind its local athletes.” The run is an annual event that involves some 3,000 law enforcement personnel and athletes to carry the Special Olympics torch through Southern California. The run is designed to generate awareness of Special Olympics and the summer games, a three-day competition. This year, 1,500 special athletes from throughout Southern California – more than 100 from Santa Clarita – will compete. The run helps raise money for the program along with other fundraisers including restaurant nights in which police officers serve as waiters and collect tips for the organization. So far this year, local law enforcement agencies have raised $33,644 for the Special Olympics. Their next fundraiser will be Saturday a chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic. SANTA CLARITA – Law enforcement officers from across the Santa Clarita Valley will take part this afternoon in the Special Olympics torch run as it passes through Santa Clarita en route to Long Beach for the June 16 summer games. More than 50 local runners will carry the torch from Castaic to Newhall. Members of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire departments, California Highway Patrol, FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will participate. The event will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a great tradition with Special Olympics,” said Chris Clark, area director for the local chapter of the Special Olympics, a sports program for the developmentally disabled. For information, call Clark at (661)253-2121.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!