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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

  • Jul
    01
    LETRide Superior
    Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016
     
    Marquette
    Michigan
    LETRide Superior

    The LETRide Superior takes place July 1-4, 2016. Registration is $100 per rider or $150 for a rider with passenger. Includes a ride shirt and challenge coin. Incentive levels available. Stops are in Marquette, MI on July 1, Hurley, WI on July 2 and Thunder Bay, ON on July 3. Lodging and personal costs are not included. Lodging is also available on June 30 and July 4 at the Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, Sault Ste. Marie, ON at a reduced rate. Registration is made through PayPal by selecting to send money then entering: mitorchride@gmail.com in the email portion and the proper funds in the box. Next page is payment method. Enter shirt sizes in the comments section. Once payment has been received, participant will receive an email with hotel and route information.

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    Contact: Carl White
    Email: white.carl62@gmail.com
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016
     
    Michigan Wisconsin and Ontario
    Marquette, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    07
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition
    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Wayne
    New Jersey
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition

    Join us for this multi-day fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. Law Enforcement and Civilian Divisions will compete in this Motorcycle Skills competition which is conducted by members of the NJ Motorcycle Officers Training Association. Competition is $60/person. Competition schedule is as follows - July 7-8, Practice and Eliminations / July 8 (6:30pm), Competitors BBQ / July 9, Finals / July 9 (7:00pm), Competitors Awards Banquet. Awards Banquet is $10/competitors and $25/guests. Contact Tommy Johnson at tjohn710@yahoo.com for competition information. We are also looking for merchandise vendors for July 9 from 9am to 1pm and is $50/space. Contact Tom Zapf at Tdog58@verizon.net for more vendor info.

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

    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Willowbrook Mall
    1400 Willowbrook
    Wayne, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics
    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Rochelle Park
    New Jersey
    Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics

    Registration for the 50 mile escorted motorcycle ride will begin at 8:00am at the Bergen County Harley-Davidson. The rides departs at 9:15 am and ends at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ where Motorcycle Skills Final Competition will be in progress. Advanced mail-in registration discount is $25/rider, $15/passenger. Onsite registration is $30/rider and $20/passenger. Contact tdog58@verizon.net for Advance Registration Form.

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

    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Bergen County Harley-Davidson
    124 Essex Street
    Rochelle Park, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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