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.

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, please visit www.letr.org

To Learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® International Conference please visit www.letrconference.org.  

For general inquiries, please contact Michael Teem, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics at mteem@specialolympics.org or 240-593-4949.


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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septembre 25, 2014

Cops and Calabash

Law Enforcement Officers will be waiting tables for tips during lunch and dinner service. All proceeds to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.
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Fatz Café
1615 Sandfier Blvd.

Seneca, South Carolina
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. 17 - 18 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

octobre 25, 2014

World's Largest Truck Convoy

The World's Largest Truck Convoy is an annual one-day celebration designed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. On October 25, 2014, when you fire up your engine at The Meadow Event Park, home of the Virginia State Fair, you will be joining thousands of other truck drivers throughout the United States and Canada, all of whom are driving with two goals in mind: 1) to form the largest procession of trucks the world has ever seen and 2) to build a bigger, better community for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. In Virginia, this convoy takes place on Interstate 95 near Richmond and is organized by the Virginia State Police as part of their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Roy Zeidman
Email:rzeidman@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-726-3022
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Meadow Event Park
Doswell, Virginia
UNITED STATES

juin 2 - juil. 2 2015

Polar Plunge -- Virginia Beach

Our Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is our largest annual fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in February. Crowd favorites at this event include the Polar Plunge 5K on the boardwalk, the PeeWee Plunge for kids, our beach volleyball tournament, and, of course, the PLUNGE!
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Debbie Apperson
Email:dapperson@specialolympicsva.org
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Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Between 6th and 9th Streets

Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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