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The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.



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December 29, 2016 | North America: Georgia

Becoming Stronger and Stronger

By Linda Weaver

Elena was in awe of being able to carry the torch for the Unified Relay Across America.

When Elena Weaver started running the torch for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Georgia in 1999, she could only trot about a block.View Story When Elena Weaver started running the torch for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Georgia in 1999, she could only trot about a block. The torch was just too heavy for her to carry. As her training as a gymnast with Special Olympics became more directed, however, she became stronger and stronger. Now she can carry the Torch and run up to 3 miles! If Special Olympics Georgia and the Law Enforcement Torch Run did not exist, Elena’s life would be very different. She was born with multiple birth defects – with no expectation of a healthy and normal life. It took years of hospitalizations, surgeries and therapies for Elena to prove to everyone she could and would live. Not only did she live, she actually began to dream of all that her life could become. She has gotten involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising and has been to many events. As a Global Ambassador, Elena has given many speeches in support of all of the law enforcement officers. Elena has loved every minute of this experience.

About Linda Weaver:I am Elena's mother
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December 28, 2016 | North America: Texas

Elvis Andrus' Dedication to LETR

By Steve Helm

Texas Rangers shortstop’ Elvis Andrus presents a $5,000 check to Special Olympics Texas and accepts his award for Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.

Everyone knows professional athletes have very demanding schedules, especially during the season, but that does not stop Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus from sparing some time for Special Olympics Texas.View Story Everyone knows professional athletes have very demanding schedules, especially during the season, but that does not stop Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus from sparing some time for Special Olympics Texas. For the last six years, the two-time All-Star has gone out of his way to support all facets of the organization, including the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Each year, Special Olympics Texas holds its statewide Summer Games in Arlington. Andrus provides tickets and invites a group of Law Enforcement Torch Run members and Special Olympics Texas athletes for a torch run around the infield during the pregame festivities. His generosity and involvement doesn’t stop there. Since 2010, Andrus has donated $24,000 to Special Olympics Texas to help fund the annual Summer Games and the Young Athletes Program for children ages 2-7 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thanks to Elvis Andrus, the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Texas has become better known, leading to increased involvement from area police, which ultimately has resulted in greater support for the athletes.

About Steve Helm:I am on staff with Special Olympics Texas
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December 28, 2016 | North America: Canada: British Columbia

Children’s Book Supports Special Olympics British Columbia

By Charlotte Taylor

There’s a Norseman in the Classroom! book cover

A new children’s book teaches kids about inclusion as it raises funds for Special Olympics British Columbia.View Story A new children’s book teaches kids about inclusion as it raises funds for Special Olympics British Columbia. In There’s a Norseman in the Classroom!, children return from summer vacation to discover a new student has joined the class — and he happens to be a huge, hairy, noisy Norseman. While the kids initially reject Norm the Norseman because he is different, they learn to accept him and appreciate all the great things he brings to their classroom. Constable Grayson Smith of the Delta Police Department wrote the story, which features fun and vibrant visuals created by award-winning illustrator Timothy Banks. Two dollars from the sale of every book will go to benefit Special Olympics British Columbia, which Smith selected due to the fit with the subject matter and his involvement with the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run. “Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to meet and become friends with several athletes, and it's awesome to see their talent and commitment to being active," Smith said.

About Charlotte Taylor:I am with the staff of Special Olympics British Columbia
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Torch Run Events


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February 25, 2017

Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge - Seaside

Come take an icy dip into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter to benefit more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Join us in Seaside Heights on February 25, 2017 and help us make this plunge the biggest, coldest and boldest one yet! Afraid to plunge alone? Grab some friends and start a team to share in the fun. We hope to see you there!
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63 Grant Ave.

Seaside Heights, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2017

Polar Plunge - Garden City

The Garden City Polar Plunge will be held at the Garden City Municipal Pool, 504 East Maple, Garden City on February 25. Registration and tailgate Party starts at 9:00am, 5K and 1 mile Strut starts at 10:00am. Plunge begins at noon. For more information, please use the contact below.
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Luke Schulte
Email:schultel@ksso.org
Phone:620-408-4450
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Garden City Municipal Pool
504 East Maple

Garden City, Kansas
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2017

Chippewa Lake-Mecosta/Osceola Counties Polar Plunge 2017

The Chippewa Lake - Mecosta/Osceola County Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 25, 2017 at Chippewa Lake. Registration starts at 11:00 at the East Bay General Store, 19961 East Chippewa Lake Drive, Chippewa Lake. The parade of costumes and plunge will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Lake Public Access on East Chippewa Drive between 20 mile road and 21 mile road. The After Splash Bash will take place immediately following at the Chippewa Lake Community Church, 10490 Lake Street, Chippewa Lake.
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February 25, 2017

Oakland County Polar Plunge 2017

Join us for the Oakland County Polar Plunge on Feb. 25, 2017 at Rochester Mills Brewing Company! Registration will take place from 9-10 am with the Plunge taking place at 10:30 am. The After Splash Bash will immediately follow the last plunger.
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February 25, 2017

Grand Rapids Polar Plunge 2017

The Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 25, 2017 outside the Van Andel Arena in a swimming pool! Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. inside The BOB and the plunge will start at noon outside of the Van Andel Arena. Stick around for awards at the after-splash bash at the BOB. Join us for the Griffins Game as we continue the celebration. For every ticket sold, $4 will go back to Special Olympics.
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February 25, 2017

Bay City Polar Plunge 2017

The Bay City Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Registration will take place from at 11 am. Parade of Costumes takes place at 11:45 with the Plunge starting at noon.
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Feb 25 - 26 2017

2017 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games

Phenomenal athletes from around the state will hit the slopes February 25-26, 2017 at Mt. Bachelor for the annual Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers. Athletes will meet at the starting line for alpine (slalom, giant slalom, downhill) and snowboarding events, along with cross country skiing and snow snowshoeing with awards being handed out by local officers as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Games Ceremonies will take place Saturday evening at Mountain View High School.
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Mar 3 - 5 2017

The NY Football Giants Snow Bowl

The NY Football Giants Snow Bowl is an official 6-on-6 flag football tournament with light blocking, played over three days. Teams are allowed up to 15 players; all must be 18 years of age or older to participate. All proceeds collected by the flag football teams benefit Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and help foster the Special Olympics mission.
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Diane Paraskevas
Email:dp@sonj.org
Phone:(609) 896-8000 x261
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MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

March 04, 2017

Twin Sault's Polar Plunge 2017

The Twin Sault's Polar Plunge will take place at The ELKS Lodge #552, 1111 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI on Saturday, March 4, 2017! Registration starts at 10 am with the Plunge taking place at 11 am. with the After Splash Bash taking place immediately following the last plunger. Stay for the After Splash Bash at the Elks Lodge for fun awards and a great lunch provided by the Elks Lodge! Plungers eat for free and spectators for only $5!
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Mar 7 - 14 2017

World Winter Games Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg

More than 120 law enforcement officers from around the world will be in Austria to carry the flame of hope around the country and to the Opening Ceremonies.
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March 10, 2017

The Point Bistro & Cantina Tip-a-Cop

Join the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections - Solano County, when they come together with Special Olympics athletes for a day of food, fun and awareness. Law Enforcement personnel will be volunteering as celebrity waiters, delivering food and drinks with their "tips" donated to Special Olympics.
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March 11, 2017

Polar Plunge Shreveport

The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest fundraisers, attracting hundreds of people to an otherwise deserted waterhole in the winter. Crowd favorites at this event include the Costume contest, musical entertainment, as well as vendor displays and giveaways.
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East Ridge Country Club
Shreveport, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Mar 14 - 25 2017

2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of the Styria region), Schladming (host city of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (host city of the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).
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March 18, 2017

Marquette Polar Plunge 2017

The Marquette Polar Plunge takes place on March 18, 2017 at Marquette Mountain Ski Hill. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Parade of Costumes takes place at 2:15 p.m. with the Plunge starting at 2:30 p.m. The After Splash Bash and awards will take place at 3:30 p.m.
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Mar 24 - 25 2017

Montana Torch Run Kickoff Conference & Awards Banquet

The Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference is designed to orient new officers and departments with the Torch Run program as well as inspire experienced officers already involved. It provides an opportunity for Torch Run volunteers to network, share and learn how to improve their local Torch Run programs, which contribute greatly to increasing public awareness and enhancing the lives of Special Olympics Montana athletes. The Awards Banquet recognizes sponsors and officers who have made a significant contribution to the Montana Torch Run.
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April 15, 2017

Comedy Show

The LETR Comedy Show featuring the World's Funniest Cop - Dwayne Gill and some of his funniest friends takes place Apr. 15 at Shakespeare's Lower Level. Tickets are $20 each.
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May 17, 2017

Montana Torch Run Final Leg & Circle of Honor

The Torch Run relay culminates in the host-city for the State Summer Games. During the Final Leg, law enforcement will carry the Flame of Hope the last mile to the Opening Ceremonies of the Games. The Circle of Honor is an integral part of the Opening Ceremonies. This is a great representation of law enforcement’s dedication and support of Special Olympics Montana athletes. Special Olympics Montana athlete-of-the-year, accompanied by law enforcement, carry the Flame of Hope into the arena, igniting the cauldron signifying the beginning of the games.
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May 20, 2017

Cracklewood Golf Outing

The Cracklewood Golf Outing takes place May 20th. Registration 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm. Join us! Be a player! Be a sponsor! $100 hole sponsorship available.
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May 27, 2017

Camden Police Torch Run

We will get staff members from the Camden Police Department to Get involved and run the torch to the next town over, El Dorado Arkansas.
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July 08, 2017

Rockford Area Kids Triathlon

The 13th Annual Kids Triathlon is open to children up to age 17. Kids will compete in bike portion in the parking lots of the school. The run will be held on the grassy area surrounding the school. The swimming will be done at the Rockford High School pool.
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July 22, 2017

12th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Ride

The 12th Annual LETRide starts at 10:30 am at Planet Powersports in Coldwater, MI and ends at Grand River Brewery in Jackson, MI at 4:30 pm.
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Aug 21 - 25 2017

3rd Annual LETRide Superior

An epic ride around Lake Superior in support of Special Olympics. Starts Aug. 21, 2017 and ends Aug. 25, 2017 in Sault Ste Marie, ON Canada.
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September 02, 2017

14th Annual Marshall Run

This is a 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run in memory of our fallen comrade, Tpr Kevin M Marshall. The run takes place at Riverfront Park with registration taking place from 8-8:45 am. There are several age groups. Awards for top 3 finishers in each age group. T-shirts for all participants. Overall male and female awards. Overall Masters male and female (40 and over). Overall Police Officers male and female awards.
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September 30, 2017

United Airlines Plane Pull

Get 20 people together to start a team, fundraise for Special Olympics New Jersey, then try to pull a United Airlines Boeing 737. Competitions are scheduled continuously throughout the day. Held in combination with Newark Airport Family Day where spectators get to enjoy the fun, food and activities for free. Sponsored by the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run, Port Authority of NY and NJ, and United Airlines. Save the date!
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