On Monday at approximately 5 p.m., Culver City Police Detective Tobias Raya was seen running through the streets of Culver City bearing an Olympic torch.
Det. Raya is part of the annual California Law Enforcement Torch Run to support the Special Olympics. Over 85,000 law enforcement officers participate nationwide in the run, with 2,000 of those taking part in the California run.
Over the course of a week, the California officers carry the torch through 150 communities and run a combined total of 500 miles. Det. Raya ran 5.5 of those miles to help raise funds for the 1,100 athletes throughout Southern California that will participate in the Summer Games on June 9 and 10 at California State University, Long Beach.
In 2011, officers from 120 law agencies nationwide raised almost $1.3 million for the Special Olympics.