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2019 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 to symbolize unity and inclusiveness.

During the months of May and June, law enforcement throughout Colorado will carry the “Flame of Hope” during the 2019 Torch Run Series.

Sign up your Agency for a 2019 LETR Torch Run in your community. Please contact Alyssa Svalberg at asvalberg@specialolympicsco.org to start your Torch Run fundraising page today!

Join the following Torch Runs to raise awareness and funds for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Colorado! (Click to sign up for the Torch Run!)

TRIBUTE AT THE CAPITOL – MAY 30TH

Mesa County Glow N’ Games – May 17

Garfield County Torch Run – May 18

Royal Gorge Region Torch Run – May 18

Eagle County Law Enforcement Torch Run – May 18

Pueblo Law Enforcement Torch Run – May 22

Weld County Law Enforcement Torch Run – May 29

Arvada / Jeffco / Lakewood / Wheatridge Torch Run – May 30

Salida Torch Run – May 30

Colorado Spring Metro Torch Run – June 1

Montrose Torch Run – June 1

Trinidad Torch Run – June 1

Boulder Police Department Torch Run – June 14

Archuleta County Torch Run – June 22

Thank you to our 2018 Torch Run participating agencies!: 18th Judicial DA’s Office, Adams County SO, Arapahoe County SO, Archuleta County SO, Aurora PD, Arvada PD, Avon PD, Boulder PD, Boulder County SO, Breckenridge PD, City of Montrose PD, Canon City PD, Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Colorado State Patrol, Denver PD, Denver Sheriff Department, Douglas County SO, Eagle County SO, El Paso County SO, Englewood PD, Evans PD, Fremont County SO, Frisco PD, Garfield County SO, Greeley PD, Greenwood Village PD, Jefferson County SO, Johnstown PD, Loveland PD, Mesa County SO, Oak Creek PD, Pueblo County CO, Pueblo PD, Silverthorn PD, Sterling Police Department, Summit County SO, Thornton Police Department, Trinidad Police Department, Weld County SO, Weld County Probation, Vail PD and Windsor PD

History of the Torch Run

The Torch Run program began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police Richard Lamunyon 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. Cheif LaMunyon wanted to bring a new meaning to ‘serve and protect’ and dedicated himself and the police department to helping volunteer with Special Olympics.

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 enforcement community. Today all 50 states and more than 35 countries have Torch Run programs.

2019 LETR Sponsors