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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
    24
    United Airlines Plane Pull
    Sep 24, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Newark
    New Jersey
    United Airlines Plane Pull

    Get 20 people together to start a team, fundraise for Special Olympics New Jersey, then try to pull a United Airlines Boeing 737! Competitions are scheduled throughout the day. This event is held in combination with Airport Family Day where spectators get to enjoy the fun, food and activities for free. Sponsored by the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and United Airlines. Start your team today at www.njplanepull.org

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    Contact: Sue Parsons
    Email: planepull@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Sep 24, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Newark Liberty International Aiport
    Newark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    26
    New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic
    Sep 26, 2016
    10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Neptune
    New Jersey
    New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic

    The Law Enforcement Golf Classic is dedicated to the memory of the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. With a field of 144 golfers from all areas of business, the LE Golf Classic is the perfect way to highlight your organization as an event sponsor, as well as a supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Jason Schubert
    Email: letr@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Sep 26, 2016
    10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Jumping Brook Country Club
    210 Jumping Brook Road
    Neptune, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    22
    Dodgetoberfest
    Oct 22, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Robbinsville
    New Jersey
    Dodgetoberfest

    Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge some more for a cause? The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is hosting the 3rd Annual Dodgetoberfest, a 6-on-6 dodgeball tournament to benefit more than 25,000 athletes throughout the state. Register as a Competitive, Recreational, Co-ed, or Law Enforcement team and see if you have what it takes to be a Dodgetoberfest Champion!

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    Contact: Ed Dean
    Email: end@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Oct 22, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Robbinsville Fieldhouse
    153 West Manor Way
    Robbinsville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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