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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.


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As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised over US$42.6 million in 2012. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with over 97,000 volunteers spanning 46 countries, and raising more than US$461 million for the Special Olympics movement. Fundraising is only part of what the officers involved with the initiative give to the movement. Our athletes say law enforcement officers are truly supportive of the cause – extending to them friendship, acceptance and encouragement.

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, please visit www.letr.org

To Learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® International Conference please visit www.letrconference.org.  

For general inquiries, please contact Michael Teem, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics at mteem@specialolympics.org or 240-593-4949.


Torch Run Stories and News


November 26, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

"My Pleasure"

By Megan O'Donnell

Special Olympics NC athlete Keith Hayden lands a job at Chick-fil-A after volunteering at a Cops on Top fundraiser!

“I’d be happy to refill your drink, sir,” Special Olympics NC athlete Keith Hayden often says to customers as he patrols the dining room of the Chick-fil-A Blakeney restaurant in Charlotte each night. The 34 year-old truly takes pleasure in doing his job.View Story “I’d be happy to refill your drink, sir,” Special Olympics NC athlete Keith Hayden often says to customers as he patrols the dining room of the Chick-fil-A Blakeney restaurant in Charlotte each night. The 34 year-old truly takes pleasure in doing his job. For four years, Hayden had been trying to land a coveted position in the restaurant chain known for their customer service. As it happens, a NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics fundraiser helped put him in the right place at the right time!

About Megan O'Donnell:Special Olympics NC VP of Communications- Keith let me know of his good fortune at our Fall Tournament and had to share this great story that came from his perseverance and our Torch Run relationship with Chick-fil-A. Yay Keith!
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October 21, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Spain's Police Academy Hosts VIII National Athletics Competition

By Suzanne Coogan

Action at the VIII National Athletics Competition, Ávila, Espana.

For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organised by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISAView Story For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organized by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISA from 17 Oct-20. More than 100 athletes from ten autonomous regions and host Castilla y León competed on the tracks of the Academy. Thirty local associations participated in the 2k Torch Run relay through the streets of Ávila attended by the city Mayor, Mr. Miguel Ángel García Nieto, the President of Special Olympics Spain, Mr. Gaizka Ortuzar and the President of PRONISA, Mr. Manuel Maiz. The Opening Ceremony took place at the Sports Pavilion of the Academy with the athletes' parade, arrival of the torch and lighting of the cauldron delighting the hundreds of local spectators. For the first time during this competition Healthy Hearing examinations were offered to athletes conducted by expert medical volunteers.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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September 19, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Raises $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

By Christy White

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.View Story The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. There is an untold story about law enforcement. This story showcases how law enforcement officers are going above and beyond the call of duty for the most marginalized citizens in their communities - people with intellectual disabilities.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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Torch Run Events


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Event

Location

March 05, 2015

Legislative Polar Plunge

The Legislative Polar Plunge takes place on March 5, 2015. Registration and the Plunge start at 3:00 pm. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Kimberly Purdy
Email:purdy1kr@cmich.edu
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Capitol Steps
Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 6 - 7 2017

Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference & Awards Banquet

The Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference is designed to orient new officers and departments with the Torch Run program as well as inspire experienced officers already involved. It provides an opportunity for Torch Run volunteers to network, share and learn how to improve their local Torch Run programs, which contribute greatly to increasing public awareness and enhancing the lives of Special Olympics Montana athletes. The Awards Banquet will recognize sponsors and officers who have made a significant contribution to the Montana Torch Run.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:(406) 216-5327
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Doubletree by Hilton
100 Madison St

Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

March 07, 2015

Big Bear Polar Plunge - Big Bear Lake

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 36-degree waters on March 7, 2015 to support Special Olympics Inland Empire. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt, lunch, a goody bag, and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Abbey Leffler
Email:aleffler@sosc.org
Phone:951.703.6502
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Swim Beach
41218 Park Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California
UNITED STATES

March 07, 2015

Sudbury Polar Plunge Ontario

In partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a Polar Plunge at The Ramsey Lake Boat Launch to raise awareness and much needed funds for athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Ramsey Lake Boat Launch
236 Ramsey Lake Rd.

Sudbury, Ontario
CANADA

March 07, 2015

Kalamazoo Polar Plunge

The Kalamazoo Polar Plunge takes place March 7, 2015. Registration takes place from 1-3 pm with the Plunge starting at 3 pm. The After Splash Party will take place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Krista Paulin
Email:pauli1kc@cmich.edu
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K-Wings Stadium
Kalamazoo, Michigan
UNITED STATES

March 14, 2015

Westport Penguin Plunge

Join us March 14, 2015 at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 11 AM and the plunge will take place at 1 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email:lisam@soct.org
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Compo Beach
Westport, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

March 14, 2015

Marquette Polar Plunge

The Marquette Polar Plunge takes place March 14, 2015. Registration takes place at 1:00 pm. The parade of costumes will start at 2:15 with the plunge starting at 2:30 pm. The After Splash Bash will follow the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Heather Fox
Email:fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Marquette Mountain
Marquette, Michigan
UNITED STATES

March 21, 2015

Owen Sound Polar Plunge Ontario

The OLETR (Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run) in co-operation with Special Olympics Ontario is hosting a Polar Bear Plunge at Bayshore Community Centre to raise awareness along with money for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Bayshore Community Centre
Owen Sound, Ontario
CANADA

March 28, 2015

Dickinson Polar Plunge

“Freezin for a Reason!” Raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota at the Dickinson Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 28th. We want 2015 to be our biggest and best Polar Plunge year ever, and we need your help! The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and fund to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics North Dakota athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into frigid North Dakota waters. Plungers raise a minimum of $75 for the opportunity to take the plunge. Polar Plunge Schedule: Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Polar Plunge: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and post plunge celebration will follow plunge. Have FUN! - form a team, create a fun name and crazy costumes with friends, co-workers, or classmates. No matter what, the Polar Plunge is all about Fun! For more information, please refer to the link or contact information below.
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Reid Huttunen
Email:developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0031
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Dan Porter Motors
2391 I-94 Business Loop E

Dickinson, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

March 28, 2015

Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario

Join us on Saturday, March 28 at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Boat Launch (Pearl St.Entrance) for the Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario. The Registration Social will be held on Friday, March 27th at the Prince Arthur Hotel at 5:00 PM and 8:00. Late registration will be held Saturday, March 28th at Prince Arthur Hotel from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The plunge time will at 2:00 PM for Adult Team and Individual Plunge, 2:45 PM for Special Olympics athletes, and 3:15 PM for the Cool School Plunge. The Awards and Social will be held at the Prince Arthur Hotel. The Social will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and awards will be presented at 4:30PM.
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Prince Arthur’s Landing @ Marina Park Boat Launch
Thunder Bay, Ontario
CANADA

March 28, 2015

Torch Run NC State University 5K

Join us March 28th at NC State University Housing in Raleigh, North Carolina as Law Enforcement from around the area host the The Torch Run NCSU 5K. Proceeds from the race will go to support athletes from Special Olympics North Carolina.For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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NC State University Housing
210 Dan Allen Dr.

Raleigh, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

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