Colorado River District represents BLM at Special Olympics Arizona’s Law Enforcement Torch Run
Netawn Marsoobian, Public Affairs Student Intern
From the crowds chanting “Go BLM” to the fierce competition, November 4 was an exciting day for the Colorado River District Law Enforcement Operations Division. With unwavering grit, the team pulled an 18,000-pound Bearcat vehicle for an incredible first-place win.
The Colorado River LEO Division proudly represented the Bureau of Land Management Arizona at the second annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This event encompassed law enforcement agencies from across the region to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics, a cause that brings joy and empowerment to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The second annual Law Enforcement Torch Run brought together a total of 17 teams as well as the Special Olympian’s own team. Divided into four divisions, each team competed to achieve the best time in pulling the heavy Bearcat vehicle.
The Colorado River District LEO Division put together a formidable team to participate in the event. Known for their dedication and commitment to the BLM, the team consisted of Travis Jones, Rocco Jackson, Eric Cole, Ethan Roe, and Jason Ball. They were coached by the motivating District Chief Ranger Barry Sullins.
Falling behind by mere tenths of a second in the first round, the BLM team rallied to pull the Lake Havasu City SWAT Team's monstrous 18,000-pound ballistically engineered assault response counterattack, or BEARCAT, vehicle for 100 feet and take first place.
Participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was not just about the competition — it is about the community coming together to support a worthy cause. This event serves as a reminder that individuals with intellectual disabilities should be embraced, celebrated, and given opportunities to showcase their talents and abilities. The funds raised from this event go towards providing year-round sports training and competition for Special Olympics athletes, empowering them to reach their full potential.
By participating in this event, the Colorado River District LEO Division showed their support for inclusivity, acceptance, and the power of sports.