Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

32nd Annual Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

June 14-22, 2018

Registration and more info coming soon!

This year marks the 32nd year of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. On the original Torch Run a few dozen officers ran two routes from Cincinnati and Toledo to Columbus for the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games. This year over 2,000 officers will run or bike in one of five main leg routes or one of several satellite community runs planned throughout the state. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

The 2018 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run presented by Kroger will take place June 14th – 22nd across Ohio. Officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” through over 150 communities, creating awareness of Special Olympics and raising funds for the program. 

There are five main routes which originate in Athens, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, and Toledo and travel to Columbus. In addition there are several community satellite legs throughout the state.
The Final Leg leave from the State Highway Patrol Academy on June 22nd and travel the final 3.2 miles to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University for the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games. Officers will carry the torch into the stadium and pass it to Special Olympics athletes who will light the cauldron to signify the official start of the State Summer Games.  


The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past 13 years. Officers will be visiting Kroger stores as they travel to Columbus on their respective routes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Ohio. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Ohio, along with providing officers visibility while giving back to their respective communities.

The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. 

It is More Than Just A Run Involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run unites departments and agencies throughout the state and extends beyond the annual run. Each year officers participate and organize events such as Polar Plunges, Building Sits, Plane Pulls and other special events throughout the year. All of these events generate additional funds for Special Olympics Ohio. 

For more information on the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run please contact Rob DuVall at rduvall
@sooh.org or 614-239-7050.


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