Welcome To Special Olympics International!

We are a global organization with programs in over 220 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows bigger and better.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, At its most basic level the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National Games. Annually, more than 85,000 dedicated, compassionate and volunteer law enforcement officers participate in the torch run throughout 46 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and 50 US states, raising more than $51 Million USD for local Special Olympics programs in 2014 and over $560 Million since its inception in 1981.

The man behind the first Torch Run in 1981 was Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. He conceived the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics. The Torch Run was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) now recognized as the founding law enforcement organization for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.

Today, the Torch Run is more than just a run and encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as T-shirt and merchandise sales, special events to include polar bear plunges, tip-a-cop and building sits and a host of other events that have local, state and national appeal. The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people … recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes.

Torch Run Events

  • May
    14
    Ridgefield Comedy Night
    May 14, 2016
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ridgefield
    New Jersey
    Ridgefield Comedy Night

    Join us for this annual fundraiser sponsored by the Ridgefield Police Department PBA Local 330. Tickets cost $55/person and will get you a comedy show, beefsteak dinner, beverages, and chances for cash and merchandise raffle prizes! Attendees must be over 21 years old. Tickets sold in advance ONLY by calling Greg at (201)943-5213.

    For more information
    Contact: Greg
    Phone: 201-943-5213

    May 14, 2016
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ridgefield Community Center
    725 Slocum Avenue
    Ridgefield, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    17
    Tip a Cop at Norma's for Special Olympics
    May 17, 2016 - May 17, 2016
     
    Dallas
    Texas
    Tip a Cop at Norma's for Special Olympics

    Norma's Cafe is proud to host officers from the Dallas Police Department and athletes from the Special Olympics Texas again this May to raise money through tips and a portion of Tuesday the 17th's sales! After a few years of our #TipACop we are hoping to make 2016 even more successful! Tip A Cop is an event where local law enforcement agency officers serve Norma’s Cafe customers in order to raise awareness of Special Olympics Texas. All three Norma’s Cafe locations will participate in the event from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and a portion of the day’s sales will benefit Special Olympics Texas as well as the tips collected for the officers (just don't forget your server!). We are hoping to raise even more money than the past few years, so please mark your calendars to join us for breakfast or lunch on Tuesday, May 17th! If you cannot make it out, please consider donating directly at http://www.sotx.org/donate/ LOCATIONS: Norma's Cafe Oak Cliff (Bishop Arts Area) 1123 W. Davis Dallas, TX 75208; Norma's Cafe North Dallas (Trinity Mills & the Tollway) 17721 N. Dallas Pkwy Dallas, TX 75287; Norma's Cafe Frisco (Center of Preston Ridge) 8300 Gaylord Pkwy Frisco, TX 75034

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Katy Anderson
    Email: marketing@normascafe.com
    Phone: 972-820-5871

    May 17, 2016 - May 17, 2016
     
    Norma's Cafe (All 3 Locations)
    Dallas, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    21
    Torch Run Car Wash
    May 21, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Ogdensburg
    New Jersey
    Torch Run Car Wash

    Come get your cars cleaned at this 4th Annual Car Wash fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey! Donations will be accepted. Sponsored by FOP Lodge 57 Torch Run. The rain date for this event, if needed, will be May 28th.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Jim Lame
    Email: JimLame1971@gmail.com

    May 21, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Ogdensburg Firehouse
    1 Firehouse Lane
    Ogdensburg, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Do You Have An Event to Add?

    Tell us about it so we can publish it on the site!

    Register Your Event