Law Enforcement Torch Run
Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
Keep running, Keep believing, Keep inspiring
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut is more than just an event. It is a mission, a serious commitment by the law enforcement community to pay homage to our heroes - Special Olympics Connecticut athletes and their families.
What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
In 2015, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised $55 million for Special Olympics programs around the World. Over $619 million has been raised since the inception of the LETR.
There are 112 LETR programs in 45 countries.
The man behind the first Torch Run in 1981 was Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. He conceived the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics. The Torch Run was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) now recognized as the founding law enforcement organization for the Law Enforcemet Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Today, the Torch Run is more than just a run and encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as T-shirt and merchandise sales, special events to incudle polar bear plunges, Tip-a-Cop and building sits and a host of other events that have local, state and national appeal. The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept an include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people..recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympic's athletes.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Connecticut
In 1986, Connecticut had its first Torch Run with a few legs converging onto the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. The run then became a statewide event involving several more cities and towns. Since its inception, the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown into the largest grassroots fund-raising event for Special Olympics Connecticut.
3 Day Run
The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run: June 7-9
The Torch Run will cover over 500 miles and pass through more than 100 cities and towns. Over 1,500 Law Enforcement officers and Special Olympics Athletes will participate in this year’s Torch Run. Officers represent local, state, and federal departments, agencies and correctional facilities. Take a look at our sponsors for this event!
Click on the following Legs to see the turn by turn routes:
Click here to connect with others involved with your leg.
Coming soon: Printable version of the LETR map.
***Important information for 2016 ***
Please note that all routes have been updated for the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run to reflect accurate mileage, times and rest stops. Please note the changes to Legs 5 and 6. While most of the routes have not changed, you will notice that many of the reference points listed are now cross streets instead of local businesses and landmarks. Please pay very close attention to the time the Torch Run reaches your town, as these times may have changed from previous years. Please contact your SOCT Representative or Leg Coordinator if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.
- LETR Town Captains: Please confirm with your Leg Coordinator the locations where you hand off the Torch. In some cases, the town lines listed on these routes do not reflect the location where this takes place.
- SOCT Local Coordinators: If you have any questions or concerns regarding athlete runners, plesae contact Lisa Carlone at [email protected] or 203-230-1201 ext. 231.
Recognition & Honor Roll
Law Enforcement Torch Run Sponsors
For information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.