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


June 23, 2016 | North America: Kansas

Thank you to my friend!

By Luke Schulte

I often run into people who don't understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal. One boy does.View Story As I tour Kansas for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I often run into people and the general public who don't quite understand why officers carrying a torch through their hometown is such a big deal.But as one parent told me, it meant the world to her little boy, who is also a Special Olympics Kansas athlete.They were standing on the corner waiting for the officers to carry the "Flame of Hope" through their community. The little boy could see the police cars coming, lights flashing. He anxiously waited on the corner, waiting to see the torch and torch runner. Once he caught a glimpse, he smiled and waved to the officer. "There's my friend!" he exclaimed. When the mom asked if he knew who that was, his answer was simple. "No, but he has a badge and a torch, so he is my friend!"His mother relayed this along to me to share with all the officers in Kansas carrying the torch, thanking them for being a friend to her son, whether they know him or not!

About Luke Schulte:I'm VP of Development and Liaison for the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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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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Torch Run Events


Date

Event

Location

Jul 1 - 4 2016

LETRide Superior

The LETRide Superior takes place July 1-4, 2016. Registration is $100 per rider or $150 for a rider with passenger. Includes a ride shirt and challenge coin. Incentive levels available. Stops are in Marquette, MI on July 1, Hurley, WI on July 2 and Thunder Bay, ON on July 3. Lodging and personal costs are not included. Lodging is also available on June 30 and July 4 at the Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, Sault Ste. Marie, ON at a reduced rate. Registration is made through PayPal by selecting to send money then entering: mitorchride@gmail.com in the email portion and the proper funds in the box. Next page is payment method. Enter shirt sizes in the comments section. Once payment has been received, participant will receive an email with hotel and route information.
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Carl White
Email:white.carl62@gmail.com
Phone:800-644-6404
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Michigan Wisconsin and Ontario
Marquette, 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

July 09, 2016

LETR Adrian Motorcycle Ride

The Adrian Motorcycle Ride takes place July 9th. Starting in the parking lot of the Madison Township Police/Fire Station and ending at Sand Creek High School. The route will go through Ohio, the Irish Hills of Michigan and back to Sand Creek. $25 per rider and includes a LETR shirt if registered by June 17th!
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Rich Gallatin
Email:gallatinr@michigan.gov
Phone:517-265-3900
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Madison Twp Police Station and Fire Station
4008 S. Adrian Hwy

Adrian, Michigan
UNITED STATES

July 16, 2016

LETR Houghton Lake Fire Truck Pull

The LETR Houghton Lake Fire Truck Pull takes place July 16, 2016 in the parking lot of The Home Depot. Teams are made up of 10 people at $500 a team/$50 per person. Registration starts at 9 am and the pull begins at 10 am. All money raised supports Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan.
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Tpr. Grant Guzikowski
Email:guzikowskig@michigan.gov
Phone:989-948-0676
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The Home Depot
Houghton Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jul 23 - 23 2016

11th Annual Law Enforement Torch Ride

The 11th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Ride takes place July 23 at 10:30 am at Planet Powersports in Coldwater, MI. Registration is $25 per rider or $35 with a passenger. Register by July 6 and save $5 off each. This includes a ride shirt and breakfast. First bike out at 11:00 am. Registration closes at 1 pm. All bikes must be at Grand River Brewery in Jackson, MI by 4:30 pm. Registration is available day of ride. Ride will happen rain or shine.
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Carl White
Email:white.carl62@gmail.com
Phone:800-644-6404
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Planet Powersports
Coldwater, Michigan
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.
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Mark Uribe
Email:uribem@michigan.gov
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7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
1296 Gleaner Rd

Saginaw, Michigan
UNITED STATES

September 24, 2016

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 throughout the day. This event is held in combination with 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 & NJ, and United Airlines. Start your team today at www.njplanepull.org
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Sue Parsons
Email:planepull@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Newark Liberty International Aiport
Newark, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

September 26, 2016

New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic

The Law Enforcement Golf Classic is dedicated to the memory of the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. With a field of 144 golfers from all areas of business, the LE Golf Classic is the perfect way to highlight your organization as an event sponsor, as well as a supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey.
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Jason Schubert
Email:letr@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Jumping Brook Country Club
210 Jumping Brook Road

Neptune, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

October 22, 2016

Dodgetoberfest

Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge some more for a cause? The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is hosting the 3rd Annual Dodgetoberfest, a 6-on-6 dodgeball tournament to benefit more than 25,000 athletes throughout the state. Register as a Competitive, Recreational, Co-ed, or Law Enforcement team and see if you have what it takes to be a Dodgetoberfest Champion!
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Ed Dean
Email:end@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Robbinsville Fieldhouse
153 West Manor Way

Robbinsville, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

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