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


October 21, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Spain's Police Academy Hosts VIII National Athletics Competition

By Suzanne Coogan

Action at the VIII National Athletics Competition, Ávila, Espana.

For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organised by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISAView Story For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organized by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISA from 17 Oct-20. More than 100 athletes from ten autonomous regions and host Castilla y León competed on the tracks of the Academy. Thirty local associations participated in the 2k Torch Run relay through the streets of Ávila attended by the city Mayor, Mr. Miguel Ángel García Nieto, the President of Special Olympics Spain, Mr. Gaizka Ortuzar and the President of PRONISA, Mr. Manuel Maiz. The Opening Ceremony took place at the Sports Pavilion of the Academy with the athletes' parade, arrival of the torch and lighting of the cauldron delighting the hundreds of local spectators. For the first time during this competition Healthy Hearing examinations were offered to athletes conducted by expert medical volunteers.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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September 19, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Raises $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

By Christy White

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.View Story The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. There is an untold story about law enforcement. This story showcases how law enforcement officers are going above and beyond the call of duty for the most marginalized citizens in their communities - people with intellectual disabilities.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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September 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

A little Special Olympics Serendipity in New Orleans

By Amie Dugan

(L-R): Wendy, Donna Martin of SOAZ, Mrs. Leah Chase

During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day.View Story During the recent annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics & Special Olympics Arizona staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day. After lunch the group got a very rare treat: to meet the one and only Mrs. Leah Chase - the owner and one of most iconic figures in New Orleans' history. But, believe it or not, it got even better from there. Once Mrs. Chase heard what everyone did and why they were in town, she called over Wendy, her niece. Wendy works at the restaurant every day and is the chef behind their heavenly peach cobbler. The group soon learned that Wendy had herself been a Special Olympics athlete. What amazing serendipity! So if you ever go to New Orleans, stop by Dooky Chase's and think of Wendy as you enjoy that cobbler!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Director of Marketing and Communications
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Torch Run Events


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November 24, 2014

Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators Game: LETR Fundraiser

The Detroit Red Wings have partnered with Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan and Special Olympics Ontario. Purchase a ticket to the Wings' game vs. Ottawa on Monday, November 24 through the link below and $10 from each ticket package goes to Special Olympics Michigan and Special Olympics Ontario! Ticket packages start at $35 and include a game ticket and commemorative two-sided challenge coin. Groups of 35 or more will receive an autographed Henrik Zetterberg hockey stick.
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Jamie Clark
Email:Jamie.Clark@Hockeytown.com
Phone:313-471-7138
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Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
UNITED STATES

December 05, 2014

Great Falls Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the Christmas Stroll. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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Christmas Stroll
Downtown Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana
UNITED STATES

Dec 6 - 7 2014

5th Annual Cop on Top

This is a 36 hr event where cops spend the night on top of Walmart no matter the weather condition. There are 80-100 raffles, food, music, lots of action heros for the kids, pictures with Santa, Life Flight Helicopter, meet an Athlete, and much more. This event will help raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
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Darren Derby
Email:dderbyman@hotmail.com
Phone:413-441-7532
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Walmart
555 Hubbard Ave

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

December 06, 2014

Billings Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the Christmas Stroll. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:406-216-5327
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Lake Elmo
Billings Heights

Billings, Montana
UNITED STATES

Jan 8 - 9 2015

LETR Kick Off Conference

The conference takes place January 8-9 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan. This conference is our opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the program. There will be sessions during the day on Thursday and an awards banquet Thursday evening. The event will wrap up Friday morning after breakfast. There is no cost for you to attend the conference (based on double occupancy).
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Andrea Rachko
Email:rachk1am@cmich.edu
Phone:800-644-6404
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

January 25, 2015

Farmington Penguin Plunge

Join us January 25, 2015 at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 8 AM and the plunge will take place at 10 AM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Sharon Pelkey
Email:sharp@soct.org
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Winding Trails
Farmington, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

January 31, 2015

Lewistown Polar Plunge

Join us for the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the 2015 Montana Winter Fair in Lewistown. Don't be left out of the cold! REGISTER TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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Montana Winter Fair
Lewistown , Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 6 - 7 2015

Polar Plunge -- Virginia Beach

Our Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is our largest annual fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in February. Crowd favorites at this event include the Polar Plunge 5K on the boardwalk, the PeeWee Plunge for kids, our beach volleyball tournament, and, of course, the PLUNGE!
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Debbie Apperson
Email:dapperson@specialolympicsva.org
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Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Between 6th and 9th Streets

Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

February 07, 2015

Pintler Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Anaconda Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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Silver Lake
Anaconda, Montana
UNITED STATES

February 07, 2015

Madison Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email:lisam@soct.org
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Hammonasset State Park
Madison, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

February 07, 2015

Winsted Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Highland Lake in Winsted, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Sharon Pelkey
Email:sharp@soct.org
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Highland Lake
Winsted, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

February 07, 2015

Penguin Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Penguin Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100/$50* in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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City Beach
Whitefish , Montana
UNITED STATES

February 08, 2015

Penguin Plunge New London

Join us February 8, 2015 at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Jackie Turro
Email:jackiet@soct.org
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Ocean Beach Park
New London, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

February 14, 2015

Sweetheart Passion Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Sweetheart Passion Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Helena, Montana
UNITED STATES

February 16, 2015

President's Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The President’s Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email:tsappington@somt.org
Phone:4062165327
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East Gallatin Recreation Area
Bozeman, Montana
UNITED STATES

February 21, 2015

Middletown Penguin Plunge

Join us February 21, 2015 at Crystal Lake in Middletown, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Jackie Turro
Email:jackiet@soct.org
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Crystal Lake
Middletown, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

March 14, 2015

Westport Penguin Plunge

Join us March 14, 2015 at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 11 AM and the plunge will take place at 1 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
For more information
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Lisa Carlone
Email:lisam@soct.org
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Compo Beach
Westport, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

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