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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
    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!

    For more information
    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
  • Nov
    12
    Thanks4Giving Plunge
    Nov 12, 2016
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Asbury Park
    New Jersey
    Thanks4Giving Plunge

    Take a chilly dip into the Atlantic Ocean to benefit more than 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. This is your first chance of our plunge season to get in on the fun, so check out www.thx4giving.org for more information and to register!

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    More Details
    Contact: Ed Dean
    Email: end@sonj.org

    Nov 12, 2016
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Asbury Park Convention Hall
    Asbury Park, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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