Law Enforcement Torch Run

 

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To see routes and schedules for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut, which will take place June 7th, 8th and 9th, please scroll down and click on the "3 Day Run" tab.

Then, come out and cheer on your local officers when the Run passes through your town! 



 

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.

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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.

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