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


August 19, 2014 | North America: Virginia

Raising More Than "Dough"

By Katie Botha

Master Officer Sophie Benkendorf (far right) of Colonial Heights Police Department is joined by employees from CiCi's Pizza store 323 in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

During the month of July, CiCi's Pizza partnered with nine statewide Special Olympics chapters in the United States, including Virginia. This week, the Virginia store that raised the most "dough" during the campaign presented Special Olympics Virginia and local Law Enforcement representatives with a proceeds check for $12,000!View Story During the month of July, CiCi's Pizza partnered with nine statewide Special Olympics chapters in the United States, including Virginia. This week, the Virginia store that raised the most "dough" during the campaign presented Special Olympics Virginia and local Law Enforcement representatives with a proceeds check for $12,000! One employee, Brittany Harrison, helped to set the winning pace for her store by setting daily sales goals and making sure that every customer knew about the campaign. While she has not yet volunteered at a Special Olympics event, she's eager to see the impact of the funds raised on some of her regular customers, like Craig and Tommy Marek, who benefit from participation in Special Olympics. Area Operations Manager, Brian Shores, has promised to work with local representatives of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run to continue to raise funds and awareness throughout the year.

About Katie Botha:I am Vice President of Development & Communications for Special Olympics Virginia.
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July 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Third Annual Special Olympics El Salvador Fire Truck Pull

By Guisele Calderón

Seven companies in ElSalvador showed their support for Special Olympics in a new way. The teams competed to see which could pull a fire truck faster than all the others.View Story Seven companies in El Salvador showed their support for Special Olympics in a new way. The teams competed to see which could pull a fire truck faster than all the others. The Special Olympics El Salvador Fire Truck Pull on May 25th involved seven teams of 12 people pulling a seven-ton fire truck 100 meters as fast as possible. Each team was cheered on by their families, friends and colleagues. First place went to team of DHL with a time of 45.84 seconds, second place went to team DIGICEL 2 with a time of 47.25 seconds and third place went to Pacific Paradise Hotel with a time of 48. 35 seconds.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
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May 29, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Cyprus

Cyprus Police Torch Run

By Georgios Panayides

With tremendous success the Cyprus Police Torch Run organized for another year their annual Torch Run Final Leg to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympic European Games.View Story With tremendous success the Cyprus Police Torch Run (Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR), organized for another year their annual Torch Run Final Leg on May 22, 2014. The purpose of the Cyprus Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event was to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics Cyprus athletes’ needs in view of the Special Olympics European Games which will be held in Antwerp between the dates 12-21 September 2014. The Torch runners began at the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus on Thursday 22/05/14 at 9:00. The torch light of hope passed from all the major cities of Cyprus, Nicosia, Larnaca, Paralimni, Limassol and Paphos. Mr. Jeremy Adams, President of Torch Run (Central Europe) participated in this event. He commented “I am so honoured and humbled to be involved with LETR over the past 18 years. As well as serving a good cause and having the best craic ever, I have been in every County on my own Emerald Isle and have had the opportunity to travel to some fantastic places all over the World, like Cyprus, were I have just spent a wonderful 4 days, all with like-minded, dedicated folk from LETR & Special Olympics! I have to nip myself sometimes to make sure that's not a dream!” Special Olympics Cyprus would like to to thank Mr. Adams him for his support and contribution. Thank you Cyprus Police Torch Run. SPECIAL OLYMPICS CYPRUS

About Georgios Panayides:Special Olympics Cyprus Office Director
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Torch Run Events


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Location

August 23, 2014

Plane Pull -- Long Beach Airport

How fast can you pull an airplane? Test your strength, stamina, and endurance at our 9th annual Plane Pull fundraiser on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Airport. Our Plane Pull puts you and a team of 25 against a 164,000 pound FedEx Airbus 310 to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. No skill level — or muscles — required.
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Brandon Tanner
Email:btanner@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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Long Beach Airport
2019 E. Wardlow Rd

Long Beach, California
UNITED STATES

August 23, 2014

Plane Pull

How fast can you pull an airplane? Test your strength, stamina, and endurance at our 9th annual Plane Pull fundraiser on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Airport. Our Plane Pull puts you and a team of 25 against a 164,000 pound FedEx Airbus 310 to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. No skill level — or muscles — required.
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Brandon Tanner
Email:btanner@sosc.org
Phone:562.502.1041
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Long Beach Airport
2019 E. Wardlow Rd.

Long Beach, California
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

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Be a part of the World's Largest Truck Convoy fundraising event as Alberta truck drivers and the law enforcement community unite to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes in Alberta. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Det. Theresa Garagan
Email:tgaragan@calgarypolice.ca
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AMTA Head Office
#1, 285005 Wrangler Way

Rocky View, Alberta
CANADA

September 20, 2014

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Join a compassionate army of truck drivers on Saturday September 20, 2014 in Charlotte at the PNC Music Pavilion as law enforcement escorts the World's Largest Truck Convoy to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Each truck must donate a minimum of $100 to participate.
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Dot
Email:Kohlbach
Phone:9197197662 ext 119
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PNC Music Pavilion
707 Pavilion Blvd

Charlotte , North Carolina
UNITED STATES

September 20, 2014

2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy

The South Carolina State Police will host the 2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics South Carolina. Join the compassionate army of truck drivers as law enforcement officers escort them across the highways and byways of South Carolina to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities.
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Deborah Jacobs
Email:djacobs@so-sc.org
Phone:8034045517
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South Carolina Department of Public Safety
10311 Wilson Blvd.

Blythewood, South Carolina
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

September 20, 2014

2014's World Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota

The World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota, held September 20, 2014 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, is an annual event which unites law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics North Dakota athletes.
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Reid Huttunen
Email:developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0331
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Red River Valley Fairgrounds
1805 West Main Ave

West Fargo, North Dakota
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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