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Special Olympics torch makes way through Solano

Special Olympics torch run 6_26_14

Erick Silva runs the Special Olympics torch down Union Avenue, in Fairfield, Thursday. Silva is going to compete, as a swimmer, in this summer's games. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | June 27, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — The torch was passed again.

Law enforcement agencies participated Thursday in the 2014 Solano County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. It’s a yearly event the brings local law enforcement together to show support for the Special Olympics and athletes who participate in the games.

The Special Olympics torch started in Benicia at about 8 a.m. and ended in Davis. Special Olympics athletes participate each time the torch is passed from one law enforcement agency to another.

Law enforcement agencies from across the county participated.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol transported the torch by waterway to the public boat ramp in Suisun City. The Suisun City Police Department received the torch and ran it to the pedestrian bridge on Union Avenue in Fairfield. The Sheriff’s Office took the torch and ran it to the fountain in front of the Solano County Government Center, where it was passed to the Fairfield Police Department.

Fairfield police ran the torch through town, down Cement Hill Road and to the intersection of Cement Hill and Peabody roads. The torch passed there to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Solano Prison.

The Dixon Police Department was scheduled to deliver the torch to the 2014 Northern California Special Olympic Games this weekend on the University of California, Davis, campus.

The Special Olympics have taken place annually since the late 1960s. Today the Special Olympics are in more than 150 countries and there are approximately 3 million Special Olympics athletes. Special Olympics Northern California started in 1995.

The opening ceremony for the Northern California Special Olympics will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, with the games starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and running until 9:45 p.m. The games start again at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and end at 3 p.m.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmcarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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