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The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.

History

LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization.” With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.
The Final Leg team carries the torch throughout California en route to the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement officers have been raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics for over 35 years.

Impact

Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.  

Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. These platforms include: Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since the beginning, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs. 

As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started in 1981…as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.” LETR is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities. Through the LETR and Special Olympics partnership we are lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion. 

Torch Run Events

  • Jan
    14
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge - Wildwood
    Jan 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Wildwood
    New Jersey
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge - Wildwood

    The Polar Plunge is SO much more than just an icy dip in the Atlantic! Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. All these programs and services are always completely FREE thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Plunge.

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    Email: pbpinfo@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jan 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Wildwoods Convention Center
    4501 Boardwalk
    Wildwood, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    04
    Polar Plunge & Strut - Topeka
    Feb 04, 2017
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Topeka
    Kansas
    Polar Plunge & Strut - Topeka

    The Topeka Polar Plunge & Strut will be held at Lake Shawnee Swim Beach, 3300 Croco Rd, Topeka, Kansas on February 4. Registration opens at 9:30am, Strut begins at 11:00am. Plunge begins at Noon. For more information, please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Luke Schulte
    Email: schultel@ksso.org
    Phone: 620-408-4450

    Feb 04, 2017
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Lake Shawnee Swim Beach
    3300 Croco Rd
    Topeka, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    04
    Polar Plunge - Haysville
    Feb 04, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Haysville
    Kansas
    Polar Plunge - Haysville

    The Haysville Polar Plunge will be held at Riggs Park (behind Haysville Middle School) on February 4. Registration opens at 9:00am, Silent Auction & Polar Strut begins at 10:00. Plunge begins at noon. For more information, please use the contact below.

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    Contact: Mitch Guthrie
    Email: guthriem@ksso.org
    Phone: 316-734-2233

    Feb 04, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Riggs Park - behind Haysville Middle School
    Haysville, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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