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


April 16, 2014 | North America: Southern California

Carrying the "Flame of Hope" to Boston

By Selena Devore

Erich Gross of Santa Maria, CA, has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). In 2013, Erich qualified for the Boston Marathon and decided to fundraise for Special Olympics.View Story Erich Gross of Santa Maria, CA, has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). In 2013, Erich qualified for the Boston Marathon and decided to fundraise for Special Olympics. "I wanted to share the joy of my experience with Special Olympics," said Erich. On April 15, as he neared the Boston Marathon finish line, 4:05:03 on the clock, all the runners near him stopped. Erich came home with a heavy heart. Shortly after his return, he registered for the Bull Canyon Run benefiting Special Olympics Northern Santa Barbara County. Ken George, the local LETR coordinator, asked Erich to finish the Boston Marathon during the event. Prior to the start, 4:05:03 was placed on the clock to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims. Erich then ran the final leg of the Boston Marathon in Santa Maria. When he crossed the finish line, he symbolically received his Boston Marathon medal.Through Erich’s efforts, he raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics.

About Selena Devore:Communications Assistant at Special Olympics Southern California
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March 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Torch Run to kick off Fukuoka National Games

By Sayaka Sonobe

Riyo Mori (centre) together with Special Olympics Nippon athletes, Coaches and Volunteers at the Torch Run for the Fukuoka National Games.

Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21.View Story Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21. 70 runners participated in the torch run, running over about 2 km in the shrine. Former Ms. Universe Riyo Mori, Dream Supporter for Special Olympics Nippon joined other guests and 250 for the run, bringing much excitement to the local Fukuoka community.

About Sayaka Sonobe:Staff of Special Olympics Nippon
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March 20, 2014 | North America: Northern California

Overcoming Obstacles

By Stephanie Hammond

I Am 33 Years Old. I Play 4 Sports: Basketball, Bocce, Golf And Bowling. I Was Bullied All Through School And I Didn't Have Many Friends.View Story I Am 33 Years Old. I Play 4 Sports: Basketball, Bocce, Golf And Bowling. I Was Diagnosed At The Age Of 3 With A Intellectual Disability. In 7th Grade I Had My Left Leg Broken In 6 Places And I Had To Be Home Schooled. I Was Bullied All Through School And I Didn't Have Many Friends. I Have Overcome A Lot Of Obstacles In My Life But I Don't Let Anyone Or Anything Stop Me From Achieving My Potential And My Dreams. Special Olympics Has Been The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me!!!

About Stephanie Hammond:I Am A Athlete, A International Global Ambassador, A Member Of The Schools Program And Project Unify And A Very Proud Athlete Representative For The Law Enforcement Torch Run With Special Olympics In Northern California.
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Torch Run Events


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Location

Apr 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

May 6 - 15 2014

San Luis Obispo County Tip-A-Cops

Local law enforcement officers will trade in their badges for aprons to spend an evening serving you and raising money for Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County. At the Tip-A-Cop fundraisers, Officers, Deputies, Police Chiefs, and the Sheriff will happily wait on customers hand and foot. 100% of the proceeds raised at the dinners will benefit Special Olympics athletes.
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Bill Proll
Email:bproll@slocity.org
Phone:805-781-7369
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Event Center
San Luis Obispo, California
UNITED STATES

May 10, 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

June 27, 2014

Over the Edge Spokane

Space is limited for this thrilling and inspiring way to support Special Olympics Washington. Pledge to raise $650 and rappel from the roof of a downtown sky scraper, Friday June 27, 2014! Over the Edge is an exclusive opportunity for individuals to take their support of Special Olympics Washington athletes to new heights by collecting pledges in exchange for stepping Over the Edge and rappelling down the Bank of America Financial building, Spokane’s tallest building!
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Jennifer Suniga
Email:Jsuniga@sowa.org
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Bank of America Financial Building
Spokane, Washington
UNITED STATES

Aug 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

September 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

October 04, 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

October 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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