North Vancouver RCMP and West Vancouver Police run in support of Special Olympics BC

2020-06-01 14:29 PDT

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics BC usually takes place around this time of year. But, due to COVID-19, SOBC has temporarily paused the program.

Well, we’ve come up with a solution.

North Vancouver RCMP and West Vancouver Police Department are partnering up to run a 33 kilometre, physically-distanced virtual relay in place of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

We agree it was wise of SOBC to postpone the run this year in light of current circumstances, said WVPD Chief Len Goerke. But we thought it wouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a safe alternative. North Van RCMP Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani agreed. This is such an important initiative, he said. SOBC has been a longtime friend of law enforcement, and we wanted to find a way to continue to support the athletes despite the current restrictions.

The run will kick off at 8:00am on Tuesday, June 2 with the first legs of the run being handled by WVPD Chief Goerke and North Vancouver RCMP Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani. Both runners will start on Capilano Rd. and run in opposite directions, into their respective jurisdictions.

Each route will consist of multiple legs being run by solo runners, and will cover an area East from Capilano Rd. to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment at 147 E. 14th St, and West to Montizambert Creek on Hwy 99, at the edge of the WVPD’s jurisdiction.

Chief Goerke and Supt. Bhayani encourage the community to visit the SOBC webpage at to learn more about SOBC’s work in the community, and to donate in support of their programs.

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