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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.

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
    31
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR
    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fair Lawn
    New Jersey
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR

    Come eat at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and tell your server you are dining to support Special Olympics New Jersey. Anthony's will donate 20% of your dine-in or carry-out sales, so you can enjoy a great meal AND help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.

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    Contact: Mark Distler
    Phone: 551-486-3518

    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    2101 Promenade Blvd.
    Fair Lawn , New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    Video Spin Class
    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Closter
    New Jersey
    Video Spin Class

    The Northern Valley PBA 233 Torch Run is sponsoring a spin class fundraiser at Core Fitness Center in Closter. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) and a $20 donation to participate in this fundraising event to support the more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Sgt. Chris Dippolito
    Email: cdippolito@closterpolice.org

    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Core Fitness Center
    91 Ruckman Rd., #1
    Closter, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Pasta Night Fundraiser
    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Middlesex
    New Jersey
    Pasta Night Fundraiser

    Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.

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    Email: ellerys@optonline.net
    Phone: 732-356-2444

    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ellery's Grill
    701 Lincoln Blvd.
    Middlesex, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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