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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.

History

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.

Impact

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

  • Sep
    10
    Menominee Community Run
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Menominee
    Michigan
    Menominee Community Run

    The Menominee Community Walk/Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 10th. The 5k walk/run will begin and end at Menominee City PD. Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. The walkers will go off at 9:00 a.m. and the runners will leave at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a t-shirt.

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    Contact: Jason McGhee
    Email: jmcghee@cityofmenominee.net
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Menominee City PD
    Central Michigan University
    Menominee, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Port Huron Community Run
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Port Huron
    Michigan
    Port Huron Community Run

    The LETR Port Huron Community Run will start with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the run will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt. The run will start at the MOC Building.

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    Contact: Jen
    Email: Leach
    Phone: 810-984-9715

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    MOC Building
    Port Huron, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Sandusky Community Run
    Sep 11, 2016
    10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Sandusky
    Michigan
    Sandusky Community Run

    The LETR Sandusky Community Run will start at Graff Chevrolet at 11:00 a.m. and end at the Dairy Queen. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Michele Dunlap
    Email: dunlapm1@michigan.gov
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 11, 2016
    10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Graff Chevrolet
    Central Michigan University
    Sandusky, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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