Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) partnered with the San Bernardino County Probation Department on June 7 to be the hand-off point for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Fourteen County probation officers participated in the run, which brings awareness and raises funds benefiting the Special Olympics. The team received the Flame of Hope from San Bernardino School Police officers. The Probation team started at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and ran 2.6 miles before passing the torch to officers from the Rialto Police Department.

The Probation Department has been involved with the Special Olympics Torch Run since 2017 and started the torch hand off by ARMC in 2021. After the event in 2021, ARMC worked with the Probation Department to bring the race route onto the ARMC campus and to conduct the hand off at the hospital’s main entrance. This route change was made so that hospital staff could come outside to cheer for the runners. Last year, 2022, was the first year the route was moved to accommodate this change, which is now the new route.

ARMC is proud to be one of the stops on the Torch Run. Each year hundreds of ARMC health care workers line the main road in front of the hospital to capture a glimpse of the “Flame of Hope,” carried by their fellow county employees and law enforcement partners. This is a great and inspiring event, and ARMC is happy to participate and support our partners.

The torch run was created to help law enforcement be active in the community and to support the Special Olympics. Today, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass roots fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes are known as the “Guardians of the Flame.” Each year more than 100,000 law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” which symbolizes courage and diversity. The Flame of Hope is carried into the opening ceremonies of local, state, national and international games.

The torch run is just one of many collaborations that ARMC has with the Probation Department. ARMC also partners with the Probation team on trauma training activities, the annual EMS Day, and the Baker-to-Vegas event.

Additional County Update News – June 16, 2023