Torch Run Information & History

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Upcoming Torch Run Events

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Ohio is a partnership between Special Olympics and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Over the course of a week in late June, officers join together to bike, run, walk, through 44 counties in Ohio, carrying the Flame of Hope into Columbus to ignite the ceremonial cauldron to officially begin the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.

The Flame of Hope has been proudly carried by tens of thousands of officers over the past 32 years. Join us as we carry on the tradition of carrying the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics Ohio, raising funds and awareness along the way!

The LETR also fundraises in many other capacities, including events like the Cleveland Plane Pull and Polar Plunges. Officers also participate in volunteer opportunities at SOOH sporting events throughout the year. Click here to learn how you can get involved!

History
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. It all began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics and came up with the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with the community and Special Olympics athletes.

After three successful runs in Kansas, LaMunyon presented the idea to the International Association of Police Chiefs. With the IACP’s endorsement, the idea was launched nationally and today involves law enforcement personnel in all 50 states and 25 countries throughout the world.

Mission
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics is a program which reaffirms the belief that, with hope and dedication, we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. Persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large there are no limits to human potential or the human spirit.