Upcoming Torch Run Events
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 pledges and contributions and are often sponsored by service groups, schools and businesses that raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past 13 years. Officers visit 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.