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Berkeley Police Department
Tuesday June 18th, 2024 :: 12:51 p.m. PDT


Berkeley PD to Participate in Annual Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run

Berkeley PD will raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) by participating in the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 26th at 1 pm.
The Torch Run features more than 3,500 law enforcement personnel from hundreds of local agencies carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout Northern California. The Torch Run will culminate at the annual Summer Games, held this year from June 28-30 at Santa Clara University.

Summer Games is the largest local Special Olympics event and brings together more than 1,000 athletes and coaches from 20+ counties to compete in multiple sports.
The Northern California Torch Run began in 1996 and has raised more than $20 million for Special Olympics through the run itself, plus multiple other fundraisers throughout the year. Learn more at

About the Route
This year, the Berkeley PD Team will carry the Flame of Hope through Berkeley on the following route:

  • Eastbound Solano Avenue from Peralta Avenue
  • Southbound The Alameda from Solano Avenue
  • Eastbound Center Street from MLK Jr Way
  • Southbound to the UC Berkeley Sign between Center Street and Allston Way where the Flame of Hope will be turned over to the UC Berkeley Police Department
The UC Berkeley Police Department Team will then run the following route to the City of Emeryville:
  • Westbound Allston Way to Shattuck Avenue
  • Southbound Shattuck Avenue to Carleton Street
  • Westbound Carleton Street to Seventh Street
  • Southbound Seventh Street to Folger Avenue
About Special Olympics Northern California
Special Olympics Northern California is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education, leadership, and health programs. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for more than 31,000 participants. On school campuses, Special Olympics NorCal impacts more than 130,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program.

Special Olympics NorCal is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through health programs and leadership training.
More information may be found by visiting and on Facebook/Twitter/TikTok@SONorCal and Instagram @SpecialOlympicsNCA.

Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

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