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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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April 06, 2017

Claim Jumper Tip-A-Cop

Join local law enforcement personnel when they come together with Special Olympics athletes for a day of food, fun and awareness. Officers will be volunteering as celebrity waiters, delivering food and drinks with their "tips" donated to Special Olympics. This event raises money to provide local Special Olympics athletes with FREE year round sports training and competition opportunities.
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April 06, 2017

Claim Jumper Tip-A-Cop

Join local law enforcement personnel when they come together with Special Olympics athletes for a day of food, fun and awareness. Officers will be volunteering as celebrity waiters, delivering food and drinks with their "tips" donated to Special Olympics. This event raises money to provide local Special Olympics athletes with FREE year round sports training and competition opportunities.
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April 07, 2017

Tip A Cop

Tip A Cop sponsored by Sons of American Legion takes place on April 7th from 5-8 pm. This event is open to the public. For $10 you will get a 3 piece fish basket, fries, roll and coleslaw! Enjoy dinner while local law enforcement help serve your meal.
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April 13, 2017

Cops and Lobsters

Sterling Heights Police Dept and FOP members will be putting on a Cops and Lobsters Tip A Cop on April 13th from 10 am - 9 pm. Enjoy a meal at Red Lobster in Sterling Heights as local LETR help serve you.
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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 20, 2017

Fire Truck Pull

Join us for the 2nd annual Fire Truck Pull in Brighton. Teams of 10 people pull a firetruck pull. $50 per person or $500 per team. Registration starts at 8:30 am with the pull starting at 9:00 am.
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May 20, 2017

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

Want a good laugh?? Come to The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase on May 20th at 5:00 pm to listen to the World's Funniest Cop, Dwayne Gill, and his Funniest Friends! This show never disappoints. Contact Garth Burnside for tickets which sell for $20 each.
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May 23, 2017

Special Olympics Michigan Chipotle Fundraiser

There will be a Chipotle Fundraiser on May 23rd from 4-8 pm. By bringing in the flyer or showing it on your smartphone, 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to LETR for Special Olympics Michigan. To get a flyer emailed to you contact: Karen Solgot at solgotk@michigan.gov
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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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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 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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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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