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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

  • Jun
    02
    Pasta Night Fundraiser
    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Middlesex
    New Jersey
    Pasta Night Fundraiser

    Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.

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    Email: ellerys@optonline.net
    Phone: 732-356-2444

    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ellery's Grill
    701 Lincoln Blvd.
    Middlesex, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk
    Jun 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City
    Michigan
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk

    The LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk will take place June 3rd at Carson City High School. Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. with the race starting at 6:45 p.m. Fee is $20 to participate which includes a t-shirt. Age groups are: 10-19, 20-19, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd in each age group.

    For more information
    Contact: Chief David Ellis
    Phone: 989-436-1512

    Jun 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City High School
    213 E. Sherman
    Carson City, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    04
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa
    Jun 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Des Moines
    Iowa
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa

    Put your strength to the test against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds. Team awards will be given in the following categories: Fastest Pull (in each of the five divisions); Grand Champion; Top Fundraising Team; Best Team Costume. For more information using the link and contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    Jun 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
    Des Moines, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
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