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


May 23, 2016 | North America: Maryland

Special Olympics Maryland's own Toni Duncan selected to 2017 LETR Final Leg

By Jason Schriml

United States Probation officer Toni Duncan

United States Probation Officer Toni Duncan will run the Final Leg for the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria.View Story Recently 19 year veteran of the United States Probation Officer Toni Duncan was honored by being one of two Maryland LETR representatives selected to run the Final Leg for the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria. Special Olympics Maryland athlete Adam Hays, himself a 2011 LETR Final Leg runner in Greece, caught up with Toni Duncan to ask her a few questions. Here is a sampling of the questions Adam asked. When and how did you become involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics? I became involved while at the Federal gym running on the treadmill and an ATF Agent Kevin McCann asked me if I wanted to buy a t shirt. Somehow a few months later (former MD LETR Director) John Newnan took me out to lunch with a Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) staff and asked me if I wanted to be the Federal Coordinator for SOMD. That was probably 15 years ago. When do you start your adventure and how long will you be there for? We leave for Bregenz, Austria on Tuesday 3/7. We will begin carrying the Flame of Hope on Thursday 3/9 and run daily until 3/18. Later in the evening of 3/18 the opening ceremonies begin. We plunge on 3/19 (in 8 or 9 degree weather!) We will return home on 3/20.

About Jason Schriml:VP Communications and Branding
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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

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Torch Run Events


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Event

Location

May 26, 2016

Area 20 LETR Final Leg 2016

Law enforcement agencies from the San Antonio area will run the Flame of Hope from the community to Arlington, Texas for the 2016 Summer Games on May 27, 2016.
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Anna Twitty
Email:atwitty@sotx.org
Phone:210-530-9898
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Coca-Cola Distributors
1 Coca-Cola Pl

San Antonio, 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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Phone:515-986-5520
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Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
UNITED STATES

May 31, 2016

Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR

Come eat at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and tell your server you are dining to support Special Olympics New Jersey. Anthony's will donate 20% of your dine-in or carry-out sales, so you can enjoy a great meal AND help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.
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Mark Distler
Phone:551-486-3518
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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
2101 Promenade Blvd.

Fair Lawn , New Jersey
UNITED STATES

June 01, 2016

Video Spin Class

The Northern Valley PBA 233 Torch Run is sponsoring a spin class fundraiser at Core Fitness Center in Closter. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) and a $20 donation to participate in this fundraising event to support the more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.
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Sgt. Chris Dippolito
Email:cdippolito@closterpolice.org
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Core Fitness Center
91 Ruckman Rd., #1

Closter, New Jersey
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 03, 2016

LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk

The LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk will take place June 3rd at Carson City High School. Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. with the race starting at 6:45 p.m. Fee is $20 to participate which includes a t-shirt. Age groups are: 10-19, 20-19, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd in each age group.
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Chief David Ellis
Phone:989-436-1512
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Carson City High School
213 E. Sherman

Carson City, Michigan
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

Jun 7 - 8 2016

Blue Moon Gives Back to the Community

On June 7 & 8 Blue Moon Cafe locations in Englewood, Norwood, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff will be donating 20% of patrons' bills to Special Olympics New Jersey when presented with the coupon linked under "More Details." Visit www.BlueMoonMexicanCafe.com for directions to the location nearest you.
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Chris Federici
Email:cfederici@norwoodpd.org
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Blue Moon Mexican Cafes
Various Locations, New Jersey
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

June 11, 2016

Bicycle the Michigan State Police Drive Track

This Bicycle Event takes place on June 11th at the MSP Training Academy. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration as wheels are down at 9:00 a.m. This is a 3 hour bike ride and you decide the distance. Enjoy smooth pavement and no vehicular traffic. This event is limited to the first 50 riders that register. Must be 18. Slower traffic stays right and a 25 mph speed limit. Event will happen rain or shine. $40 per rider. To register online: www.firstgiving.com/somi/BikeMSP
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D/Sgt. Jim Young
Email:youngj16@michigan.gov
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MSP Training Academy
7426 N. Canal Road

Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jul 7 - 9 2016

Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition

Join us for this multi-day fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. Law Enforcement and Civilian Divisions will compete in this Motorcycle Skills competition which is conducted by members of the NJ Motorcycle Officers Training Association. Competition is $60/person. Competition schedule is as follows - July 7-8, Practice and Eliminations / July 8 (6:30pm), Competitors BBQ / July 9, Finals / July 9 (7:00pm), Competitors Awards Banquet. Awards Banquet is $10/competitors and $25/guests. Contact Tommy Johnson at tjohn710@yahoo.com for competition information. We are also looking for merchandise vendors for July 9 from 9am to 1pm and is $50/space. Contact Tom Zapf at Tdog58@verizon.net for more vendor info.
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Sue Parsons
Email:sp@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Willowbrook Mall
1400 Willowbrook

Wayne, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

July 09, 2016

Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics

Registration for the 50 mile escorted motorcycle ride will begin at 8:00am at the Bergen County Harley-Davidson. The rides departs at 9:15 am and ends at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ where Motorcycle Skills Final Competition will be in progress. Advanced mail-in registration discount is $25/rider, $15/passenger. Onsite registration is $30/rider and $20/passenger. Contact tdog58@verizon.net for Advance Registration Form.
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Sue Parsons
Email:sp@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Bergen County Harley-Davidson
124 Essex Street

Rochelle Park, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

August 20, 2016

3D Archery Shoot

The 7th Annual Saginaw Field and Stream 3D Archery Shoot is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefiting Special Olympics Michigan. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be auction items to bid on and LETR sale t-shirts and raffle tickets.
For more information
Mark Uribe
Email:uribem@michigan.gov
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7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
1296 Gleaner Rd

Saginaw, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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