How to Get Involved with the Torch Run


Upcoming Torch Run Events

Contact Us


Ohio LETR State Director
Dan Van Vorhis
Phone: (419) 261-0445

Ohio LETR North Coordinator
Phil Coe 
Phone: (330) 690-8996

Ohio LETR South Coordinator
Sandy Fent
Phone: (937) 605-8486

Special Olympics Ohio LETR Liaison, Special Events Manager
Katelyn Beno
Office Phone: (614) 239-7050

On the original Ohio Torch Run, a few dozen officers ran two routes from Cincinnati and Toledo to Columbus. Now more than 2,000 officers participate in the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run each year!

Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run participants run or bike on planned routes all over the state in the weeks leading up to the State Summer Games. If you are not close to a planned route we encourage your department to organize a satellite route in your community. Officers carry the Flame of Hope through more than 150 Ohio communities. The culmination of the Torch Run is the Final Leg when all routes come together in Columbus and the Flame of Hope is carried to the campus of The Ohio State University for Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games.

Prior to the run, participants collect donations and contributions and are often sponsored by service groups, schools and businesses that raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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, Plane Pulls and other special events. All of these events generate additional funds for Special Olympics Ohio.

For a complete list of Ohio counties that are participating in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run, please click here.