06/21/04 04-71

06/21/04 04-71


June 21, 2004

Subject:     Special Olympics Torch Run June 23

The San Francisco Police Department Special Olympics Torch Run will take place on Wednesday, June 23, in

Union Square
starting at   Hosted by the Union Square Merchants Association, about a hundred law enforcement and community group runners will run from
Union Square
through the city’s neighborhoods.  The race will conclude back at
Union Square
, where there will be a closing ceremony at , when the SFPD will ceremoniously pass the Olympic torch to Oakland Police Chief Richard Word.   Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Mayor Willie Brown will join Police Chief Heather Fong at this ceremony.

The Torch Run route will include the Tenderloin, CivicCenter, SBCPark, the Embarcadero, and the Marina and Financial districts before returning to the starting point.  All the runners have sponsors, who pledge money to the runners and which is donated to Special Olympics.

There will be a mini-reenactment of the run at SBC Park just prior to the throwing of the first pitch in the Giants-Dodgers game, at about

The Torch Run constitutes one of the several events in which the SFPD participates for the benefit of Special Olympics. 

For more information, please contact:

Sergeant Bob Guinan