Special Olympics torch passes through San Mateo

June 15, 2012 6:08:56 PM PDT
Police officers swarmed around El Camino Real on the Peninsula Friday -- but not to patrol the area.

They were there to carry the Special Olympics torch across the entire county of San Mateo. That's almost marathon distance.

It's been a long tradition for law enforcement to carry the torch as a way to raise money for the Special Olympics. Last year, they raised more than $42 million nationwide.

The torch will pass through San Francisco on Monday. It will end its run a week from Friday in Davis -- in time for the opening ceremonies of the Northern California Special Olympics.