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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
    30
    Centreville Community Run
    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph
    Michigan
    Centreville Community Run

    The Centreville Community Run will start and end at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the run will start at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Courtney Reingardt
    Email: courtney_reingardt@yahoo.com
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
    St. Joseph, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    2016 Fire Truck Pull/San Antonio
    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    San Antonio
    Texas
    2016 Fire Truck Pull/San Antonio

    It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event. Gather a team of 12 and join in the San Antonio Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 66,000-lb fire truck on October 1. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised will be named 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    San Antonio Fire Training Academy
    300 South Callaghan
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    08
    2016 Corpus Christi Fire Truck Pull
    Oct 08, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Corpus Christi
    Texas
    2016 Corpus Christi Fire Truck Pull

    It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 10 and join in the Corpus Christi Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull will be named the 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!

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    Oct 08, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    American Bank Center
    1901 N Shoreline Blvd
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    UNITED STATES
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