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.


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As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised over US$42.6 million in 2012. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown extensively worldwide with over 97,000 volunteers spanning 46 countries, and raising more than US$461 million for the Special Olympics movement. Fundraising is only part of what the officers involved with the initiative give to the movement. Our athletes say law enforcement officers are truly supportive of the cause – extending to them friendship, acceptance and encouragement.

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, please visit www.letr.org

To Learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® International Conference please visit www.letrconference.org.  

For general inquiries, please contact Michael Teem, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics at mteem@specialolympics.org or 240-593-4949.


Torch Run Stories and News


December 04, 2015 | North America: Iowa

Athlete's Family Turns Polar Plunge® into a Local Tradition

By Lauri Pyatt

Mitchell Betsworth (left) and his dad, Troy, dressed as Yoko Ono and John Lennon for the 2015 Siouxland Polar Plunge.

Plunging for a Purpose has taken on a whole new meaning for the Betsworth family. Mitchell Betsworth has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete since junior high and now at the age of 20, completed his sixth Polar Plunge®. “I love running into the water,” Mitchell says. Mitchell is a member of tView Story Plunging for a Purpose has taken on a whole new meaning for the Betsworth family. Mitchell Betsworth has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete since junior high and now at the age of 20, completed his sixth Polar Plunge®. “I love running into the water,” Mitchell says. Mitchell is a member of the Sioux City Knights, which had 10 athletes on three different plunge teams participate in the 2015 Siouxland Polar Plunge® on Oct. 24. The teams raised more than $18,500 for Special Olympics Iowa. But, the tradition of the Polar Plunge® began long before the Knights were formed. “We heard something 11 years ago on the radio on a Wednesday,” recalled Mitchell’s dad, Troy Betsworth. “We collected money the night before and I talked my brother into doing it with me. There was a need for raising money for Special Olympics and we thought we could help.” Read more at the link below

About Lauri Pyatt:Marketing and Communications Manager
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November 02, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Welcome Caribbean's New Law Enforcement Torch Run Leader

By By Amie Dugan

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay of Jamaica is the first director of the Caribbean region of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special OlympicsView Story Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay of Jamaica is the first director of the Caribbean region of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and is now a member of the LETR International Council. Her appointment honors her 19 years of volunteer service to the LETR. She is also the Caribbean region’s first director and the first person from the Caribbean to hold a director-level position for the LETR. “When I joined the LETR in 1996 it was a job that I had to do,” said Lindsay, a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. "But today, working through LETR and Special Olympics is a passion for me, just knowing that I serve a group of people who really appreciate the little things we do to make a difference.” Lindsay previously served the LETR as a coordinator at the divisional and branch levels and chaired the LETR 5K committee at the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Community Safety Branch.

About By Amie Dugan:Director, Marketing and Communications, North America
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October 20, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics DC

By By Kraig Makohus

Over 400 members of DC law enforcement, representing 24 different agencies, carried the "Flame of Hope" from the steps at the US Capitol to Ft. McNair to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics District of Columbia!View Story Over 400 members of DC law enforcement, representing 24 different agencies, carried the "Flame of Hope" from the steps at the US Capitol to Ft. McNair to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics District of Columbia! This landmark event on October 16 was one of a few in the United States among Programs that have reached the 30 year mark. For the second year, Geico returned as the Presenting Partner of the Torch Run and with their support, the event passed last year's total raised. The event was kicked off with US Capitol Police Ceremonial Color Team and Sgt David Nelson singing the National Anthem. DC athlete Novie Craven got the group inspired with her words of encouragement and World Games athlete, Demetrius Cutchin ran with the Top Gun team. US Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine and Ast. Chief Patrick Burke from the DCPD thanked & recognized the Top Gun winners, including Team: DCPD, Individual: Patrick Loftus & Angie Robinson from DCPD Runner Up: Customs & Border Protection and ATF.

About By Kraig Makohus:Kraig currently serves as President and CEO of SODC.
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Torch Run Events


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Event

Location

February 13, 2016

Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.
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Andrea Rachko
Email:rachk1am@cmich.edu
Phone:989-774-3911
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Gerrish Township Marina
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 13, 2016

Lake Orion Polar Plunge

Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.
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Andrea Rachko
Email:rachk1am@cmich.edu
Phone:989-774-3911
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Buffalo Wild Wings
770 North Lapeer Road

Lake Orion, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 13, 2016

Cheboygan Polar Plunge

The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge.
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Heather Fox
Email:fox1m@cmich.edu
Phone:800-644-6404
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Hoppies Tavern
Cheboygan, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 13, 2016

Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at East Grand Rapids Middle School and Reeds Lake. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School. The parade of costumes will start at 12:45 p.m. and the plunge immediately following the parade. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the middle school. There will be a pre-lunch at East Grand Rapids Middle School from 11:00 -1:30 p.m.
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Krista Paulin
Email:KCPaulin@somi.org
Phone:616-583-1202
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East Grand Rapids Middle School
2425 Lake Drive Southeast

Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 19, 2016

Special Olympics DC-Power Lunch Plunge

Be one of only 375 people who will be able to “take the plunge” in the heart of the District on the lawn at the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square! Every Power Lunch Plunger will receive a commemorative and unique Polar Plunge keepsake. **Individuals must raise a minimum $1,000.**Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500. NOTE: Individuals or teams who fail to meet the minimum by February 17th will be moved to one of the other 2016 D.C. Polar Plunge dates/locations of your choice. With the rest of the plunges occurring after this date, those who don’t make their goal have 3 different dates to choose from.
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Kraig Makohus
Email:kmakohus@specialolympicsdc.org
Phone:202-408-2640
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Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
801 K Street, NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

February 19, 2016

University of Michigan Polar Plunge

Show your Wolverine pride! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the plunge in The Big House, the largest stadium in the United States that has stood strong since 1927! The University of Michigan Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 19th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00 pm. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger. This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! We are partnering to provide plungers an experience of a lifetime in THE BIG HOUSE! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool.
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Sarah Lesch
Email:henry2s@cmich.edu
Phone:734-476-0701
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Michigan Stadium
1201 South Main Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 20, 2016

Area Eleven Frozen Fans Polar Plunge

Come take a refreshing plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Wylie to benefit Special Olympics SC Area Eleven. Come join our volunteers, athletes and frozen fans who have "Chosen to be Frozen". Over 1,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities in York, Chester and Lancaster counties benefit from the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics. A minimum of $50 must be raised for the privilege to plunge and receive a Frozen Fans tee shirt. All those who have "Chosen to be Frozen" are encouraged (but it is not required) to come in costume!
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Kathy Covington
Email:area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Ebenezer Park
4490 Boatshore Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

February 20, 2016

Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, Seaside

Are you ready to get freezin' for a reason? The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside is our biggest Plunge of the year. Last year's Plunge at Seaside saw nearly 6,000 Plungers dip themselves into the icy Atlantic! Want to join the fun and make a difference for more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey? Visit the website to register or donate. See you there!
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Email:letr@sonj.org
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Beachfront between Sumner and Blaine Ave.
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2016

Cool Schools Polar Plunge

Special Olympics D.C. needs high school students like you to help raise funds for essential sports programs which promote inclusion and acceptance. You can do your part by taking the Plunge! Every Plunger who raises $50 will receive a commemorative Plunge shirt. Participants under the age of 18 require a parent/guardian signature on a consent form.
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Kraig Makohus
Email:kmakohus@specialolymicsdc.org
Phone:202-408-2640
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Catholic University of America
Cardinal Stadium, 3606 John McCormack Drive, NE

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

February 28, 2016

2016 D.C. Polar Plunge

The Special Olympics D.C. Polar Plunge brings together children and adults who are interested in two things: raising money to support the athletes of Special Olympics D.C. and having fun doing something wild! In its 3rd year, the D.C. Polar Plunge has generated $200,000 annually and is becoming the cool thing to do to support the nearly 1,600 athletes of Special Olympics D.C. Take the Plunge and Make a Difference!
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Kraig Makohus
Email:kmakohus@specialolympicsdc.org
Phone:202-408-2640
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Cardinal Stadium at Catholic University of America
3606 John McCormack Drive NE

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Feb 28 - 28 2016

University Plunge

Special Olympics D.C. needs university students like you to help raise funds for essential sports programs which promote inclusion and acceptance. You can do your part by taking the Plunge! Every Plunger who raises $50 will receive a commemorative Plunge shirt. Participants under the age of 18 require a parent/guardian signature on a consent form.
For more information
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Kraig Makohus
Email:kmakohus@specialolympicsdc.org
Phone:202-408-2640
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Catholic University of America
Cardinal Stadium 3606 John McCormack Drive NE

Washington , District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

March 19, 2016

Project Unify Plunge

Over 100 middle school and high school students will participate in the Project Unify plunge on Saturday, March 19th at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Registration will be at 10:30am and plunge will be right at noon.
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Sam Cornell
Email:samantha@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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Salty Brine State Beach
Salty Brine State Beach

Narragansett, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Mar 19 - 20 2016

Torch Run Super Plunge

Join us as 9 people who are very actively involved with Special Olympics Rhode Island and the Torch Run will participate in the Super Plunge. They will plunge every hour, on the hour for 24 hours beginning with the Project Unify plunge at Salty Brine State Beach on Saturday, March 19th at noon and ending Sunday, March 20th at noon with the Torch Run Plunge.
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Tracy Garabedian
Email:tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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Salty Brine State Beach
Narragansett, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

March 20, 2016

Torch Run Plunge

The Torch Run Plunge will be held at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, RI on Sunday, March 20th. Over 200 people including members of the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Torch Run and even some Special Olympics Rhode Island athletes will participate in this fun event! Registration is at 10am and plunge is at noon.
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Tracy Garabedian
Email:tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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Salty Brine State Beach
Narragansett, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

April 16, 2016

Cedar Rapids Polar Plunge

Come and participate in our Cedar Rapids Polar Plunge. It is the coolest thing you will do all year! Participate by jumping into frigid waters to help raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes.
For more information
Register Here
Phone:515-986-5520
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Pleasant Creek
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
UNITED STATES

April 16, 2016

Iowa City Polar Plunge

Come and participate in our Iowa City Polar Plunge. It is the coolest thing you will do all year! Participate by jumping into frigid waters to help raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes. Register using the link below.
For more information
Register Here
Phone:515-986-5520
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Coralville Lake
Iowa City , Iowa
UNITED STATES

May 29, 2016

Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa

Through Cop on Top help and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes May 29,2016 in Altoona, Ankeny, and Des Moines. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be stationed outside of popular retail or grocery stores. (ALL DAY)
For more information
Phone:515-986-5520
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Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
UNITED STATES

June 04, 2016

Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa

Put your strength to the test against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds. Team awards will be given in the following categories: Fastest Pull (in each of the five divisions); Grand Champion; Top Fundraising Team; Best Team Costume. For more information using the link and contact information below.
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Phone:515-986-5520
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Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
Des Moines, Iowa
UNITED STATES

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