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.


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As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised over US$42.6 million in 2012. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with over 97,000 volunteers spanning 46 countries, and raising more than US$461 million for the Special Olympics movement. Fundraising is only part of what the officers involved with the initiative give to the movement. Our athletes say law enforcement officers are truly supportive of the cause – extending to them friendship, acceptance and encouragement.


Torch Run Stories and News


janvier 18, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

2013 Final Leg Torch Runners are an International Team

By Erika Morant

Carrying the Flame of Hope during the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

More than 100 law enforcement officers from 19 countries will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the Republic of Korea in the days leading up to the World Winter Games in PyeongChang. Eight Special Olympics athletes from five countries will run with the officers.View Story More than 100 law enforcement officers from 19 countries will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the Republic of Korea in the days leading up to the World Winter Games in PyeongChang. Eight Special Olympics athletes from five countries will run with the officers on two routes through the wintry countryside. The Final Leg is a symbol of the numerous fundraising events that happen every year to make fundraising by law enforcement officers the biggest single source of donations to Special Olympics. The international team will be in 10 teams and the teams will run along two routes. Both routes wind through Korea and pass through cities in all parts of the country. The runs start 23 January and conclude 29 January at the main stage of the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang. See the link to the Law Enforcement Final Leg website below.

About Erika Morant:I work for Special Olympics as a specialist for the Honored Guest Program and Law Enforcement Torch Run
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septembre 19, 2012 | SOI General: Headquarters

Du Canada à l’Afghanistan – Des vies sont transformées

By John Langford

Des footballeurs afghans avec John Langford en Afghanistan.

John Langford, a mentor and trainer to the Afghanistan National Police Force from Canada and a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), recounts a beautiful story of the power of LETR and the uView Story John Langford, conseiller et formateur de la Force de police nationale afghane, originaire du Canada, fait partie des membres de la course au flambeau des forces de l’ordre (LETR). Il raconte une belle histoire sur l’influence de la course au flambeau des forces de l’ordre et de l'engagement sans précédent des officiers de police aux Special Olympics non seulement dans leurs propres communautés, mais aussi dans le monde entier.John raconte ses efforts pour collecter des fonds et sa réaction quand il a vu que des jeux mondiaux d’été de Special Olympics avaient lieu pour la première fois en Afghanistan depuis des années : « J'ai vu, comme ceux qui comme moi sont impliqués dans le LETR, des athlètes que l’on a appris à connaître et à aimer et qui n’en auraient jamais eu l’occasion, participer à des compétitions et s’encourager mutuellement, juste pour l'amour du sport.Il n’y avait pas de guerre. Pas de talibans. C’était formidable. »

About John Langford:M. Langford est conseiller et formateur à la Force de police nationale afghane originaire du Canada et il fait partie des membres de la course au flambeau des forces de l’ordre (LETR).
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Torch Run Events


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Location

avr. 17 - 18 2014

2014 Cops and Lobsters Fundraiser

April 17 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Lobster Restaurant near Lakeside Mall. During Cops and Lobsters, Sterling Heights police officers volunteer their time to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan and the athletes who are involved in the program. The off-duty officers help Red Lobster wait staff, and earn tips and donations to help support the Michigan Special Olympics athletes.
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Dave Allen
Email:dallen@sterling-heights.net
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Red Lobster
13800 Hall Rd.

Sterling Heights, Michigan
UNITED STATES

avr. 23 - 25 2014

4th Annual Cops Working for Peanuts

Law Enforcement Officers from all over Anderson County will be waiting on and busing tables for donations. All money raised will support Anderson County athletes.
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Suzanne McMahan
Email:soscarea14@yahoo.com
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Logan's Roadhouse
3402 Clemson Blvd.

Anderson, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

octobre 05, 2014

2014 Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase proudly presents a special performance to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The show will feature World's Funniest Cop Dwayne Gill, Esther Nevarez, D.K. Hamilton, Jeff Dwoskin and Dan Currie. The show is May 10th and starts at 5pm. Tickets are $20 each. If you have any questions or would like purchase tickets, please contact Garth Burnside at (734) 260-5850.
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Garth Burnside
Phone:734-260-5850
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Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
212 South 4th Ave

Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES

août 30 - 31 2014

Disney Half Marathon Weekend

Spearheaded by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is a fundraising event dedicated to increase public awareness and understanding of the Special Olympics. Every dollar raised through the Disneyland Half Marathon will help fund Special Olympics programs in your community. Not only will you bring home magical memories to last a lifetime, but you'll also raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. It's the magical moment you've been training for.
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John Watkins
Email:jwatkins@sosc.org
Phone:562-818-5492
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Disneyland Resort
1313 S Disneyland Dr

Anaheim , California
UNITED STATES

septembre 20, 2014

Dulles Day Plane Pull

Think you have what it takes to pull a 164,000-plus pound cargo jet for a great cause? Join us for the Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull® each fall at Dulles International Airport. Watch teams of 25 play tug-of-war with a cargo jet to see who can pull the aircraft 12 feet the fastest. Other event highlights include airplane and auto exhibits, the kid’s zone and bus pull, varied displays and activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. Event admission and parking are free.
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Ellen Head
Email:ehead@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:703-359-4301
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Dulles Airport
Sterling, Virginia
UNITED STATES

avril 10, 2014

Over the Edge -- St. Louis

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 19 stories from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
Email:sjones@somo.org
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Hyatt Regency
St. Louis, Missouri
UNITED STATES

oct. 16 - 17 2014

Over the Edge

You step to the edge, look over, and catch your breath. Adrenaline takes over and, next thing you know, the thrill of adventure consumes you. Welcome to Over the Edge — an adventure for the truest fans! Special Olympics Virginia invites you to go Over the Edge in Richmond. Not for the faint of heart, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will find themselves rappelling down the SunTrust Center in downtown Richmond — all to support Special Olympics Virginia. And organizations also can band together to “Toss Their Boss” for the cause. Extreme adventure. Extreme community impact. Trust us, you won’t be the same person by the time your feet reach solid ground. For information visit www.overtheedgeva.com or follow us on Twitter @OverTheEdgeVA.
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Anita Dean
Email:adean@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-467-1250
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SunTrust Center
919 E. Main Street

Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

octobre 18, 2014

Over the Edge -- Jefferson City

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 13 stories from the Jefferson State Office Building. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
Email:sjones@somo.org
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Jefferson State Office Building
Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

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