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Placer County Sheriff participates Special Olympics Torch Run
On a brisk Friday morning, 12 Placer County Sheriff’s Officers and employees took off running for a good cause, The Special Olympics Torch Run.
At 5:30 a.m., officers met up in Beals Point parking lot in Granite Bay to the light of the torch before hitting the American River Trail. After the torch was lit by Officers Darrell Steinhauer and Josh Barnhart, a small group of participating runners and support cyclist took off for on a 4 mile jaunt to Negro Bar in Folsom, where they passed the torch to a new set of runners with fresh legs, who would continue on down the trail, and eventually pass the torch off again. Once they reached Sac State, a motorcade escorted the torch runners to the finish at the Capital building.
The 30 mile charity relay ended with a motorcade who escorted the torch runners on the west steps of the State Capital.
PCSO officers and volunteers ran Friday mornings in honor for fellow Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Karen Johnson, who was struck and killed by a car while she was out on her own run.
PCSO Public Information Officer, Dena Erwin said that the run is a great way for officers to honor Johnson, who was an avid runner, and raise money for the Special Olympics.
Friday’s benefit run brought out thousands of law enforcement personnel and volunteers from local agencies who presented a check to the Special Olympics at the conclusion of the event.