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.



Torch Run Stories and News


April 15, 2016 | North America: Canada

Running with the Flame of Hope

By Katherine Dalusong

Officer Steve Schmidt carrying the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremony of the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

A Strathcona County Peace Officer joined officers from across Canada and ran from St. John’s to Corner Brook to spread awareness of Special Olympics and the Flame of Hope.View Story Officer Schmidt, a Strathcona County Peace Officer and member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Alberta, joined officers from across Canada and ran from St. John’s to Corner Brook to spread awareness and carry the Flame of Hope to mark the official start of the National Winter Games. Running into a full crowd of cheering fans and athletes, Officer Steve Schmidt beamed with pride as he joined his fellow LETR officers in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Special Olympics Alberta interviewed Officer Schmidt about his amazing journey and experience being part of the Final Leg as one of the Guardians of the Flame. When did you join LETR and why did you decided to become part of the movement? Officer Schmidt: I initially started with the LETR in 2011 and became really active in 2014. I joined because a couple friends of mine got me interested and I became involved because I feel a strong connection to Special Olympics as I believe it is such a great cause and promotes equality and inclusion. I also have a personal connection to Special Olympics as I have a family member with an intellectual disability What are some of the memorable moments you had participating in the Final Leg? Officer Schmidt: I can’t even begin to think of only a few memorable moments because my time in Newfoundland was filled with so many. The friends that I made with LETR members from across Canada, meeting such amazing Special Olympics athletes from local chapters all over Newfoundland, the amazing welcoming that we got from the various communities that we stopped at along the Final Leg to do community events with athletes, coaches and other volunteers was amazing.

About Katherine Dalusong:As the Special Olympics Alberta marketing and communications manager, I proudly share the stories and experiences of our amazing athletes, volunteers and supporters.
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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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Torch Run Events


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May 14, 2016

Ridgefield Comedy Night

Join us for this annual fundraiser sponsored by the Ridgefield Police Department PBA Local 330. Tickets cost $55/person and will get you a comedy show, beefsteak dinner, beverages, and chances for cash and merchandise raffle prizes! Attendees must be over 21 years old. Tickets sold in advance ONLY by calling Greg at (201)943-5213.
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Greg
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Ridgefield Community Center
725 Slocum Avenue

Ridgefield, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

May 17 - 17 2016

Tip a Cop at Norma's for Special Olympics

Norma's Cafe is proud to host officers from the Dallas Police Department and athletes from the Special Olympics Texas again this May to raise money through tips and a portion of Tuesday the 17th's sales! After a few years of our #TipACop we are hoping to make 2016 even more successful! Tip A Cop is an event where local law enforcement agency officers serve Norma’s Cafe customers in order to raise awareness of Special Olympics Texas. All three Norma’s Cafe locations will participate in the event from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and a portion of the day’s sales will benefit Special Olympics Texas as well as the tips collected for the officers (just don't forget your server!). We are hoping to raise even more money than the past few years, so please mark your calendars to join us for breakfast or lunch on Tuesday, May 17th! If you cannot make it out, please consider donating directly at http://www.sotx.org/donate/ LOCATIONS: Norma's Cafe Oak Cliff (Bishop Arts Area) 1123 W. Davis Dallas, TX 75208; Norma's Cafe North Dallas (Trinity Mills & the Tollway) 17721 N. Dallas Pkwy Dallas, TX 75287; Norma's Cafe Frisco (Center of Preston Ridge) 8300 Gaylord Pkwy Frisco, TX 75034
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Katy Anderson
Email:marketing@normascafe.com
Phone:972-820-5871
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Norma's Cafe (All 3 Locations)
Dallas, Texas
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)
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Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
UNITED STATES

June 02, 2016

Pasta Night Fundraiser

Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.
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Email:ellerys@optonline.net
Phone:732-356-2444
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Ellery's Grill
701 Lincoln Blvd.

Middlesex, New Jersey
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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Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
Des Moines, Iowa
UNITED STATES

June 10, 2016

2016 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

Each year more than 3,000 dedicated Law Enforcement officers participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. This celebrated 26-leg journey carries the Special Olympics New Jersey “Flame of Hope” a distance of nearly 750 miles throughout the Garden State to The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where it ignites the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of Summer Games.
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Ed Dean
Email:letr@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Statewide - The College of New Jersey
Ewing, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

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