Burbank and Glendale police officials on Wednesday carried the Special Olympics torch on behalf of thousands of athletes participating in the 2012 Summer Games this weekend.
The annual jog is part of a law enforcement tradition known as the Torch Run, which kicks off the start of the games on Saturday at Cal State University Long Beach.
Officers escorted the athletes, who have intellectual disabilities, along Glendale and Burbank streets before connecting with their Los Angeles counterparts. One of those athletes was Ronnie Moreno, 51, who has participated in track and field events in past games.
To prepare for the run, Moreno said he has been doing plenty of walking and jogging.
“I want to do better than last year,” he said.
More than 85,000 officers participated in torch runs nationwide last year, according to the nonprofit organization. They also raised $42.6 million for equipment, training and transportation for Special Olympics athletes.