Atascadero grad, Special Olympics athlete to participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run through SLO

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 14:45:54-04

The Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting the California Special Olympics will start in Paso Robles Monday and make a stop in San Luis Obispo before it culminates in Ventura County.

The run begins at 8 a.m. in Paso Robles.

The torch is passed on to the Atascadero Police Department on the steps of Atascadero City Hall at 10 a.m.

That team will run the torch to the State Hospital, where it continues through San Luis Obispo County for the next two days.

Matthew Shuck, an athlete with the Special Olympics, will join the Atascadero PD and run the torch about 9 miles to Santa Margarita.

Shuck began his running career at Atascadero High School and has run more than 100 half marathons over the past two decades.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented in all 50 states but the event in Southern California is one of the leading programs, raising $1.52 million in 2016 with participants representing 200 law enforcement agencies.