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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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July 14, 2016 | North America: New York

Special Olympics New York Athlete Designs SI Yankees Jerseys

By Kaitlin Brennan

SONY athlete Rodney Hankins with SI Yankees players

This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. "I never imagined that this would ever happen to me..."View Story This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. On Sunday, July 10th, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark served as the finish line for the 1st Annual Staten Island leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics New York. During the Staten Island Yankees game following the Torch Run, the team wore special jerseys designed by SONY athlete Rodney Hankins. "This has been a dream come true. I never imagined that this would ever happen to me and I'm still in shock," said Rodney, 55. He has competed with Special Olympics New York for over 20 years and has served as a Global Messenger. The game-worn jerseys were auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics New York.

About Kaitlin Brennan:Kaitlin Brennan is the Associate Director of Development for SONY, New York City region.
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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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September 30, 2016

Centreville Community Run

The Centreville Community Run will start and end at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the run will start at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.
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Courtney Reingardt
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St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
St. Joseph, Michigan
UNITED STATES

October 01, 2016

2016 Fire Truck Pull/San Antonio

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event. Gather a team of 12 and join in the San Antonio Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 66,000-lb fire truck on October 1. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised will be named 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions.
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San Antonio Fire Training Academy
300 South Callaghan

San Antonio, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 08, 2016

Plano Fire Truck Pull

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 12 and join in the Plano Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck on October 8. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised will be named the Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!
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Oak Point Amphitheatre Parking Log and Event Field
2801 E Spring Creek Pkwy

Plano, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 08, 2016

2016 Corpus Christi Fire Truck Pull

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 10 and join in the Corpus Christi Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull will be named the 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!
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American Bank Center
1901 N Shoreline Blvd

Corpus Christi, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 13, 2016

Laredo Bowling for Badges

Get ready to roll out your support of Special Olympics Texas athletes. Gear up to go Bowling for Badges, sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas (LETR).
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Jett Bowl North
5823 McPherson Rd.

Laredo, Texas
UNITED STATES

Oct 21 - 23 2016

Cops on Top

Come out and support the "Cops on Top" fundraiser! Local El Paso police officers will be perched on top of the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop starting on Friday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. and they won't come down until Saturday, October 23 at 12:00 noon. This event will raise money for Special Olympics Texas Area 19.
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Krispy Kreme El Paso
7640 N. Mesa St.

El Paso, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 22, 2016

Fire Truck Pull and Car Show

Play "tug of war" with a fire truck in support of Special Olympics Texas athletes and compete for bragging rights and prizes. It's excitement for all ages. Bring your favorite ride - hot rod, vintage, custom, motorcycle, or just your daily driver, and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun in support of Special Olympics Texas athletes!
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Bellaire City Hall
7008 S Rice Ave

Bellaire, Texas
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

October 29, 2016

Fire Truck Pull

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 10 and join in the Mission Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck on October 29. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull will be named the 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!
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Mission Fire Department
415 W. Tom Landry St.

Mission, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 29, 2016

Joey Cushman 5K Run

Joey Cushman was an Arlington Police Officer who was killed in a training exercise on June 7, 2001. The Arlington Police Department has chosen to honor his memory and continue his legacy of service to Special Olympics Texas athletes. Our hope is to keep his support visible and show his family that his spirit lives on in our hearts. Support Special Olympics Texas athletes in your community by participating in the Joey Cushman 5k.
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River Legacy Park
701 NW Green Oaks

Arlington, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 29, 2016

Gatesville Fire Truck Pull

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 12 and join in the Gatesville Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck on October 29. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull will be named the Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!
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Gatesville Civic Center
301 Veterans Memorial Loop

Gatesville, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 29, 2016

Five-O 5K Run

Open to the public! Runners of all levels - beginners through advanced - are invited to compete or run for fun. Join us in honoring the memory of fallen Officer Marco Zarate from the Bellaire Police Department by giving back to the community and our Special Olympics Texas heroes. The Five-O 5K Run was established as a way to share law enforcement's love for SOTX with the community that they serve.
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Stude Park
1031 Stude St

Houston, Texas
UNITED STATES

October 29, 2016

Abilene Fire Truck Pull

It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event! Gather a team of 12 and join in the Abilene Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 55,000-lb fire truck on October 29. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised will be named the 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions!
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Texas Roadhouse
1381 S. Danville

Abilene, Texas
UNITED STATES

November 12, 2016

Thanks4Giving Plunge

Take a chilly dip into the Atlantic Ocean to benefit more than 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. This is your first chance of our plunge season to get in on the fun, so check out www.thx4giving.org for more information and to register!
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Ed Dean
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Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

November 18, 2016

Special Olympics New Jersey Awards Dinner

The annual Special Olympics New Jersey Awards Dinner is a night where we celebrate the athletes, coaches, volunteers, law enforcement and corporate partners, who, together, make our organization a success.
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Kathy Brown
Email:KCB@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Westin-Princeton, Forrestal Village
201 Village Blvd.

Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

December 02, 2016

Philadelphia Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping or running into icy cold waters. Plunge participants take a quick dip in a river or pool to raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year there are nine Plunges statewide to choose from. Jumping into icy cold water really not your thing? You can still participate and show your support by making a pledge to a braver soul. Join us and be "Freezin' for a Reason" – Take the Plunge!
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Kristin Craven
Email:kcraven@specialolympicspa.org
Phone:610-630-9450 x252
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Drexel University, Fitness Plaza
3301 Market Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

February 18, 2017

Polar Plunge Gonzales

Join us at the 2017 Polar Plunges - The official event of Winter! Individuals from all walks of life have committed to raise $50 or more to plunge their hearts out for the thousands of Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! So get a thrill from the chill and join us February 18, 2017 in Gonzales!
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Cabela's
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy

Gonzales, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

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