Law Enforcement Torch Run
2020 VIRTUAL CONNECTICUT
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
Join us as we take our torch run virtual for 2020 and run across CT in support of Special Olympics Connecticut athletes who will be competing at home and on the playing field this Fall Sports season.
It is our goal here at Special Olympics Connecticut to provide quality, year-round sports training and athletic competition to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities. In addition to putting Games and competitions on hold, COVID-19 has forced a number SOCT's in-person fundraisers to be cancelled. As a non-profit that relies heavily on fundraising events to secure the funds needed to deliver crucial programming, your support is needed now more than ever. Your support will help SOCT continue to deliver creative, mission-driven programming to our athletes, that promotes physical and emotional health, while bringing athletes out of social isolation and into active, inclusive communities. SOCT continues to regularly engage with athletes virtually through social media, health screenings, fitness challenges, web calls, and more.
Officers and other participants will keep track of their workout mileage and then log their mileage on the below google form. Our hope is to achieve the goal of 200,200 total miles in the year 2020.
During these challenging times, we will show the world that the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics are true Guardians of the Flame!
Use Charity Miles, FitBit, MapMyRun or any of your favorite activity trackers to track your mileage. Log those miles with us by clicking the hyperlink below to track, log and share your miles with us!
Help us track your mileage HERE.
There is NO slowing down the Flame of Hope!
ANYONE can participate in the 2020 Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Officers, athletes and friends of LETR across the state of Connecticut will be tracking the number of miles they are active to support Special Olympics Connecticut.
Activities can include but are not limited to...
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Running • Walking • Biking • Rollerblading
Treadmill • Elliptical • Kayaking • Swimming
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Please support the men and women participating in the event by making a donation to their page. All funds raised go to Special Olympics Connecticut.
To REGISTER click HERE
Join a Team or create your own individual fundraising page and track your miles! Become a part of the
2020 Virtual Torch Run Challenge!
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Be sure to check out photos from events year-round by visiting our Smug Mug album HERE.
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.
Law Enforcement Torch Run gear will be available soon!
More information to come!
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 109,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
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 Enforcement 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 include 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.
Connecticut Participation at a Glance
- 1,500 active and retired law enforcement
- Over 90 active municipal departments
- 18 Department of Correction facilities
- Military police and Federal employees (IRS, FBI, DOD, etc)
- Connecticut State Police
- College & University Public Safety
2019 Top Ten
1. Monroe Police Department
2. Guilford Police Department
3. Cheshire Police Department
4. Branford Police Department
5. Enfield Police Department
6. Fairfield University DPS
7. Wilton Police Department
8. Watertown Police Department
9. Bristol Police Department
10. Vernon Police Department
Madison Police Department
Manson Youth Institution
Naugatuck Police Department
Putnam Police Department
Windsor Police Department
Co-Torch Run Directors
Assistant Torch Run Director
Lieutenant Tim Bernier, Guilford PD
Statewide Torch Run Liaison
(203) 230-1201, ext. 265