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. Among the popular year-round fundraisers are the Tip-A-Cop® and Penguin Plunge events. Annually, a three-day Torch Run takes place every June leading up to the Special Olympics Summer Games. 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. 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 athletes.

Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics 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 Torch Run then became a statewide event involving several more cities and towns. Since its inception, the LETR has grown into the largest grass-roots fundraising event for Special Olympics Connecticut.

Connecticut Participation at a Glance

1,500 active and retired law enforcement
Over 90 active municipal departments
18 Department of Correction facilities

Resources & Downloads

2024 Adopt-a-Mile Form - Pay By Credit/Debit

2024 Adopt-a-Mile Form - Pay By Check

2024 Merchandise Order Form

2024 Fundraising Receipt

2024 CTLETR Handbook

2024 T-Shirt Flyer



Upcoming CT LETR Events

Looking to Get Involved with the LETR?

For information contact Amy Zdanowski at amyz@soct.org or contact a member of our LETR Council below.


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Be sure to check out photos from events year-round by visiting our Smug Mug album!

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Female athlete wearing a black t-shirt, shorts and yellow sunglasses running in front of a police car holding a torch.
Athletes running on the road waving their arms and holding flags.

History of the LETR

The first Torch Run took place in 1981 and was conceived by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon 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 Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.

Today, the Torch Run is more than just a run and encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles and a host of other events that have local, state, and national appeal. For athletes and officers alike, the LETR for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect, and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes.

SOCT LETR Hall of Fame Inductees

The Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame honors individuals or groups who, through their hard work and dedication to our mission, have made a significant impact on the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Connecticut movement, at the local, regional and state levels. The Hall of Fame award is the most prestigious award given in the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run community.

Dustin Demonte & Alex Hamzy

Kelly Walsh

Carlo Guerra

Don Crabtree

Lisa Carlone

CSP Traffic Services

Joe Carlone

Todd Pelazza

Beau Doherty

Joe Dooley

Bill Fountain

Dave Marinelli

Paul Zarnetski

Bonnie Anderson

Ray Wiederhold

Gary Mazzone

CT LETR Council & Leg Coordinators