After losing 29 pounds due to a month-long battle with depression, Ronnie Moreno was eager to get his energy back to participate in Wednesday’s annual run in honor of the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games this weekend.
Moreno, a Glendale resident and client at the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded, said he had been struggling to eat a solid meal because he was depressed. But participating in the annual torch run relay — which spans cities across the region — has helped Moreno, 50, take his mind off his depression and focus on his jogging, he said.
Moreno, who has participated for 13 years in the jog, was selected as Glendale police's anchor for the run.
“I have been doing this for a long time,” he said. “I think I’ll make it on the streets.”
Moreno accepted the “Flame of Hope“ torch from Burbank police officials and then joined a group of 11 Glendale police officers and staffers who jogged 5 miles on city streets.