Law enforcement officers from the Tri-Cities will join forces for a run with a purpose on Monday that could cause few lane closures.
Newark, Fremont and Union City police officers will and carry the Special Olympics torch through the areas as part of the region's Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The police departments' efforts are part of a "year-round fundraising campaign that raises more than $42 million annually for Special Olympics," according to a press release from the Fremont Police Department.
The Alameda County portion will begin at the Station at 7 a.m. and the run will start around 7:15 a.m. down Newark Bouleavard to eastbound Thornton Avenue, where only left lane will be open for traffic, according to Newark Police Officer Nick Mavrakis.
Fremont police will obtain the torch near the Chubby Burger on Thornton Avenue in Fremont, Mavrakis added.
The run will continue up to Paseo Padre Parkway and then onto Decoto Road and into Union City where Fremont police will drop the torch off at Union City Police Department, according to a Fremont police press release.
Union City police will then hand off the torch to Hayward Police officers around 9:30 a.m. at Pep Boys on Industrial Parkway, according to an article by the Hayward Daily Review, and the event will continue on to Castro Valley and San Leandro.
The torch will continue to travel with law enforcement officers until it reaches the University of California, Davis campus. UC Davis will host the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games on June 22-24.
So far, Newark police has raised approximately $4,000 for the Special Olympics and Fremont police have raised more than $8,000, according to authorities. Fundraising events included Bagging for Bucks, Tip a Cop events and more.
Community members can continue to donate to the Special Olympics Northern California by purchasing T-shirts or participating in the adopt-an-athlete program. Learn more by clicking here.
For more information, you may contact Newark Police Officers Nick Mavrakis and Jeff Saunders at the, or check out the Special Olympics website.