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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.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, At its most basic level the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National Games. Annually, more than 85,000 dedicated, compassionate and volunteer law enforcement officers participate in the torch run throughout 46 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and 50 US states, raising more than $51 Million USD for local Special Olympics programs in 2014 and over $560 Million since its inception in 1981.

The man behind the first Torch Run in 1981 was Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. He conceived the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics. The Torch Run was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) now recognized as the founding law enforcement organization for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.

Today, the Torch Run is more than just a run and encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as T-shirt and merchandise sales, special events to include polar bear plunges, tip-a-cop and building sits and a host of other events that have local, state and national appeal. The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people … recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes.

Torch Run Events

  • Aug
    08
    Torch Run Golf Tournament
    Aug 08, 2016
    06:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Rehoboth
    Massachusetts
    Torch Run Golf Tournament

    The Torch Run Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island will be held on Monday, August 8th at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth, MA. Texas Scramble Format. Registration begins at 6:30am. Continental Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am. Shotgun Start 8:00am. Cocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres to follow Golf. Dinner immediately following. $110 per player. To sign up, please contact Tracy Garabedian at the SORI office: (401) 349-4900.

    For more information
    Contact: Tracy Garabedian
    Email: tracy@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    Aug 08, 2016
    06:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Crestwood Country Club
    90 Wheeler Street
    Rehoboth, Massachusetts
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    20
    3D Archery Shoot
    Aug 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Saginaw
    Michigan
    3D Archery Shoot

    The 7th Annual Saginaw Field and Stream 3D Archery Shoot is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefiting Special Olympics Michigan. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be auction items to bid on and LETR sale t-shirts and raffle tickets.

    For more information
    Contact: Mark Uribe
    Email: uribem@michigan.gov

    Aug 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
    1296 Gleaner Rd
    Saginaw, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    24
    United Airlines Plane Pull
    Sep 24, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Newark
    New Jersey
    United Airlines Plane Pull

    Get 20 people together to start a team, fundraise for Special Olympics New Jersey, then try to pull a United Airlines Boeing 737! Competitions are scheduled throughout the day. This event is held in combination with Airport Family Day where spectators get to enjoy the fun, food and activities for free. Sponsored by the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and United Airlines. Start your team today at www.njplanepull.org

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Sue Parsons
    Email: planepull@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Sep 24, 2016
    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Newark Liberty International Aiport
    Newark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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