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Torch Run Raises Nearly $100,000 For Special Olympics

Law Enforcement Runners, Athletes Stop By Goleta CHP Office During Torch Run

GOLETA, Calif. - The Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way to Goleta Wednesday afternoon.

The flame is headed to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational.

"Last year $1.7 million was raised in Southern California and Santa Barbara County is no slouch either. Last year we raised almost $100,000 and that's going to be the same this year," said Lt. Butch Arnoldi of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Thirty-five athletes from South Santa Barbara County will be making the trip to the University of Southern California for the games. Nannette Clark will swim for the team and Steve Glick will play golf. They both hope to take the gold metals.

"When we come back from the competition, we usually wear them to our favorite restaurants and show them off," said Glick.

They said it's not just a competition, it's a great place to meet new people.

"I got a bunch of friends right now. I've got my girlfriend too!" said Jose Castrejon, a Special Olympics participant.

"I'm looking forward to it because we're going to have 47 countries from around the world to state games getting ready for next year, 2015, for the world games. And get to meet a whole bunch of different athletes," said Clark.

The Special Olympic Games kick off Friday for 1,500 athletes and 300 coaches.

"As the Olympians will say at the opening ceremony this week, 'Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,'" said Capt. Mark D'Arelli of the California Highway Patrol.

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