2017 LETR Torch Run Series

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  Law enforcement (the Guardians of the Flame) and athletes, run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to events and competitions throughout the state.

During the months of May and June, law enforcement throughout Colorado will be carrying the “Flame of Hope” during the 2017 Torch Run Series.

Join the following Torch Runs to raise awareness and funds for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Colorado!

May 17 – Pueblo County Torch Run

May 19 – Adams County Sheriff’s Office Torch Run

May 19 – Mesa County Glow N Games Torch Run

May 19 – Thornton Police Department T-Town Torch Run

May 20 – Garfield County 5k Torch Run & Bear Cat Pull

May 20 – Sterling Police Department/NE Region 2nd Annual Torch Run

May 20 – Archuleta County Law Enforcement & Community Torch Run

May 21 – Eagle County Law Enforcement Torch Run

May 25 – Salida Torch Run

May 26 – City of Montrose Torch Run

May 31 – Greeley/Weld Multi-Agency Torch Run

June 1 – Tribute at the Capitol Torch Run

June 1 – Arvada Police Department/Multi-Agency Torch Run

June 2 – Boulder Police Department’s Annual Torch Run

June 2 – Boulder County Torch Run (Longmont PD & Boulder County SO)

June 17 – Teller County Torch Run

June 21 – Summit County Law Enforcement Torch Run

June 23 – Colorado Springs Metro Torch Run

History of the Torch Run

The Torch Run program began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police Richard La Munyon saw an urgent need to raise funds and increase awareness for Special Olympics. The idea of the Law Enforcement Torch Run program was to provide local law enforcement officers with opportunities to volunteer with Special Olympics in communities where the officers lived and worked. In 1984, the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed Special Olympics as official charity through the Torch Run Program. With the IACP’s enthusiastic support and leadership, the Torch Run soon involved all facets of the law enfocement community. Today all 50 states and more than 35 countries have Torch Run programs.