The “Flame of Hope” passed through parts of the Bay Area Thursday afternoon and will continue to make its way through the region ahead of the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games next week.

Thousands of members from local law enforcement agencies are passing off the torch throughout Northern California.

Many law enforcement agencies are major year-round fundraisers for the sporting event for disabled athletes.

Law personnel are handing off the torch that will eventually make its way to the opening ceremony on June 28 at the University of California at Davis Aggie Stadium.

The Special Olympics games include athletes who have qualified to compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis and track and field.

Today various runs of the torch went through San Jose, Menlo Park and Milpitas.

The torch running continues Friday with routes going through Livermore, parts of Marin County, into Fremont and San Mateo County.

On Monday, the torch will arrive in San Ramon, Alameda and San Francisco.

The flame will continue to be passed Tuesday into parts of Contra Costa County before coming to Napa and Solano counties on Wednesday.

Thursday the torch will be passed off to law enforcement in Dixon in the penultimate leg before arriving in Davis.

More information about the games is available at

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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