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!
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.