The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.


LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization.” With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.
The Final Leg team carries the torch throughout California en route to the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement officers have been raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics for over 35 years.


Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.  

Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. These platforms include: Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since the beginning, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs. 

As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started in 1981…as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.” LETR is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities. Through the LETR and Special Olympics partnership we are lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion. 

Torch Run Events

  • avr. 20 - avr. 28
    Special Olympics Latin America Regional Games
    jeu. avr. 20 - ven. avr. 28, 2017
    8 venues

    Special Olympics Latin America Regional Games

    jeu. avr. 20 - ven. avr. 28, 2017

    For nine days, Panama and the world will witness an unparalleled event where determination, skill, the joy of sport and inclusion will make history. From April 20 to 28, 2017, more than 800 athletes and 200 coaches from Latin America will gather to compete in the III Latin American Special Olympics Games 2017.

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    Estadio Rommel Fernandez
    Calle 121 Este
    Panama City, Panamá
    Unified Men's Basketball
    Arena Roberto Duran
    Calle 116 Este
    Panama City, Panamá
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