The torch, named the Flame of Hope, is at the center of the annual Law Enforcement Torch run, in which peace officers carry the torch prior to the Special Olympics games.
This year, the flame began its trek to the 2012 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games at the University of California, Davis, on June 8 in Tulare, winding its way through the Central Valley.
It arrived DVI prison on Kasson Road on Thursday, June 14. Correctional officers from there ran the torch to the Tracy Police Department, where police officers and members of the sheriff’s office ran the flame to Livermore.
Sheriff Steve Moore was one of the many officers to hand off the torch on its way through town.
A police caravan followed the runners as they made their way along 11th Street to Lammers Road. The runners then turned onto Schulte Road to head toward Patterson Pass Road and a trip over the Altamont Hills.
Livermore police officers will carry the torch to its next stop at San Ramon. The torch will arrive in Sacramento on Thursday, June 21, where it will make one last trip to the UC Davis’ Aggie Stadium on June 22 for the opening ceremonies.
The Special Olympics games begin June 23, where more than 900 athletes from throughout Northern California will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis and track and field events.
Admission to the Special Olympics games are free.