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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
    26
    Area 20 LETR Final Leg 2016
    May 26, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    San Antonio
    Texas
    Area 20 LETR Final Leg 2016

    Law enforcement agencies from the San Antonio area will run the Flame of Hope from the community to Arlington, Texas for the 2016 Summer Games on May 27, 2016.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Anna Twitty
    Email: atwitty@sotx.org
    Phone: 210-530-9898

    May 26, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Coca-Cola Distributors
    1 Coca-Cola Pl
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    29
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa
    May 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines
    Iowa
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa

    Through Cop on Top help and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes May 29,2016 in Altoona, Ankeny, and Des Moines. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be stationed outside of popular retail or grocery stores. (ALL DAY)

    For more information
    Phone: 515-986-5520

    May 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • 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.

    For more information
    More Details
    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
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