The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

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May 18, 2017 | North America: Alaska

Flame of Hope Travels Across Alaska, Features Special Olympics Facility

By Jimmy Johnson

The March 2017 publication of "Exceptional Parent” Magazine features the Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Heath and Wellness Center.

On May 20, 14 communities throughout the great state of Alaska participated as the Flame of Hope was carried through towns and cities from the temperate rain forests and coast of the southeast, to the frozen tundra of the north, and every place in between. Alaska's LETR Executive Council is thrilView Story On May 20, 14 communities throughout the great state of Alaska participated as the Flame of Hope was carried through towns and cities from the temperate rain forests and coast of the southeast, to the frozen tundra of the north, and every place in between. Alaska's LETR Executive Council is thrilled to announce that starting this year, in Anchorage, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive will showcase the incredible Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Health and Wellness Center as the starting and finish point for that city's 5K run and BBQ, Unified Sports and family activities on May 20. The center is a dream come true for Special Olympics Alaska, a beautiful $8 million facility boasting 28,000 square feet of Olympic style training and managing space. The center opened in 2014, and now houses a multitude of programs designed to better the lives of those with intellectual disabilities and serves as a beacon for the message of inclusion and acceptance.

About Jimmy Johnson:I am a proud member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run family in Alaska.
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May 17, 2017 | North America: Illinois

Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run State Committee Adds Athlete to Member Roster

By Alexandra McMillin

Rikki Kirsch, Athlete Liaison for the LETR State Committee in Illinois, poses with Illinois Torch Run Director, Steve Stelter.

For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete Rikki Kirsch proudly joins the group. She has competed in Special Olympics for many years in several sports ranging from equestrian to golf. Rikki attView Story For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete Rikki Kirsch proudly joins the group. She has competed in Special Olympics for many years in several sports ranging from equestrian to golf. Rikki attended the 2014 Special Olympics USA Summer Games in New Jersey where she represented Illinois in aquatics. This year marked her first time competing in the State Winter Games and she took home gold in snowshoeing. Since becoming Global Messenger, Rikki officially met all the qualifications to become an athlete liaison. “Having Rikki involved with the Torch Run committee is one of the reasons Illinois has such a successful program and is respected worldwide,” says Torch Run Director and Chief of the Westchester Police Department, Steve Stelter. The Athlete Liaison is a Special Olympics Athlete whose primary responsibility is represent the interests of all Special Olympics Illinois athletes.

About Alexandra McMillin:Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations, Special Olympics Illinois
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May 17, 2017 | North America: Southern California

Honoring the Fallen and Those That Protect and Serve

By Roberta Abner, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Officers stand watch at the memorial in Washington DC honoring those who gave their lives in service.

During 2016, 135 law enforcement officers in the United States did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift. This is the highest number of fatalities on the job in five years. Nearly half of these were fatally shot, including 21 police officers who died in different ambush-stylView Story National Police Officer Memorial Week was held in Washington D.C. and across the United States May 14-20, recognizing officers killed while on duty. During 2016, 135 law enforcement officers in the United States did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift. This is the highest number of fatalities on the job in five years. Nearly half of these were fatally shot, including 21 police officers who died in different ambush-style attacks carried out across the country. It was indeed a sad year for law enforcement. In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law declaring May 15th Peace Officer's Memorial Day, and the week as Police Memorial Week. During this week, we pay tribute to those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some of the fallen officers, including our international brothers and sisters, were part of our Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics movement and will also be recognized at the next International Torch Run Conference in Nashville. We honor those who lost their lives while serving others. They will never be forgotten.

About Roberta Abner, Los Angeles County Sheriff:LASD Reserve Deputy and Retired Division Chief
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Torch Run Events


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June 09, 2017

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

More than 3,000 officers take to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry the "Flame of Hope" to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. The culmination of the run is the lighting of the Special Olympics New Jersey cauldron at the Opening Ceremony to officially open the 2017 Summer Games.
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Jun 10 - Sep 10 2017

Torch Ride

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Ride is a provincial fundraising motorcycle program directly benefiting over 22,000 Special Olympics Ontario athletes with an intellectual disability.
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June 19, 2017

Mystic Creek Golf Outing

Join us for the Mystic Creek Golf Outing on Monday, June 19th. 4 person scramble. $100 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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July 04, 2017

Statue of Liberty 5K

Before the barbeques, parades and fireworks, run with Lady Liberty! Join Special Olympics New Jersey for the only official race around the Statue of Liberty.
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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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Jul 8 - 9 2017

2017 Summer State Games

Featuring over 2,000 Special Olympics Oregon athletes, 600 coaches, and 1,400 event volunteers, the Summer State Games is SOOR’s largest annual competition, as well as one of Oregon’s most significant sports and humanitarian events.
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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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August 05, 2017

Hell in the Harbour

Hell in the Harbour features a 6km obstacle course race spanning Hamilton’s beautiful waterfront and features over 17 obstacles that will challenge all fitness levels! The event is in support of Special Olympics Ontario through the Law Enforcement Torch Run and is helping to raise awareness and much needed funds for Special Olympic athletes.
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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 16, 2017

World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics

The Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support for Special Olympics. The Ontario Truck Convoy began in Paris in 2005 and has been going strong ever since! In 2016, a 2nd Convoy was formed in the GTA. This Ontario Truck Convoy has raised over $600,000 for the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics since 2005.
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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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October 15, 2017

Guardians Half Marathon & 5KM

he OLETR (Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run) in co-operation with Special Olympics Ontario is hosting a half marathon from GHQ in Orillia for Law Enforcement and ALL Runners to raise awareness along with money for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario. The event also offers a 5k route for Friends, Family and Athletes.
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