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


September 19, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Raises $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

By Christy White

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.View Story The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. There is an untold story about law enforcement. This story showcases how law enforcement officers are going above and beyond the call of duty for the most marginalized citizens in their communities - people with intellectual disabilities.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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September 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

A little Special Olympics Serendipity in New Orleans

By Amie Dugan

(L-R): Wendy, Donna Martin of SOAZ, Mrs. Leah Chase

During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day.View Story During the recent annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics & Special Olympics Arizona staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day. After lunch the group got a very rare treat: to meet the one and only Mrs. Leah Chase - the owner and one of most iconic figures in New Orleans' history. But, believe it or not, it got even better from there. Once Mrs. Chase heard what everyone did and why they were in town, she called over Wendy, her niece. Wendy works at the restaurant every day and is the chef behind their heavenly peach cobbler. The group soon learned that Wendy had herself been a Special Olympics athlete. What amazing serendipity! So if you ever go to New Orleans, stop by Dooky Chase's and think of Wendy as you enjoy that cobbler!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Director of Marketing and Communications
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September 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Flame of Hope Touches Down in Belgium

By Maureen Rabbitt

“It is a great honor for us to welcome almost 2,000 athletes from Europe and Eurasia in Belgium" said Belgium PM Elio Di Rupo. "Sports bring people with different backgrounds together and I am more than pleased to be involved in this event. I wish all athletes glorious Games in their sport performances as well as in their social contacts, and I hope that their stay in Belgium will inspire them to achieve their goals.”

The “Flame of Hope” of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games touched down this morning at Brussels Airport together with the 74 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from the Greek delegation.View Story The “Flame of Hope” of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games touched down this morning at Brussels Airport together with the 74 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from the Greek delegation who lit the flame on September 4th during the official ancient ceremony in Alexandropoulis, Greece. Prime Minister Di Rupo began the Torch relay on Belgian soil with Special Olympics athletes Evy & Andre. Later the Torch was welcomed at the European Parliament by President of the European Council Mr Herman Van Rompuy. From there the Torch was relayed to the Royal Palace by the famous Borlée family - Belgian Athletics World Champions - to be welcomed by his Majesty King Filip and finally the Torch was welcomed by the Mayor of Brussels Mr. Yvan Majeur on the Brussels Grand-Place. The Flame will visit 50 Belgium towns before arriving in Antwerp on Sept 13 for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics European Games 2014.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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Torch Run Events


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Location

September 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

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 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

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

October 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

Feb 6 - 7 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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