Burbank Police Det. Carl Costanzo waved an American flag as he ran
down Glenoaks Boulevard on Wednesday next to Sgt. John Dilibert, who
held a torch high for passing drivers to see.
Dilibert handed the torch to Glendale Police Officer Maribel
Sumner, who set off at a jog with 11 other Glendale officers and
Fergie, a drug-sniffing Labrador.
The handoff at Glenoaks Boulevard and Alameda Avenue joined two
legs in a law enforcement relay across the area to draw attention to
the summer games of the Special Olympics of Southern California. The
games will begin this weekend in Long Beach.
Dilibert, Costanzo and Officer Mike Gibbons paused briefly before
retracing their steps on the 5.2-mile course from Glenoaks Boulevard
and Alameda Avenue back to the Burbank Police Headquarters at 200 N.
"It's all for a good reason," Dilibert said. "That's why I came
out. It's all worth it."
Uniformed officers blocked off traffic as the contingents weaved
through Burbank and Glendale en route to the Glendale (2) Freeway,
where Glendale Police handed the torch to runners from the Los
The departments have been participating in the relay for more than
a decade, with many of the runners coming back year after year to
show their support for the summer games.
"It's for a good cause and it promotes our athleticism," Costanzo
said. "It's perfect running weather."
With departments across Southern California participating in the
relay -- and many consistently underestimating the time it will take
to carry the torch through their cities -- Glendale and Burbank
officers brace themselves for delays.