Law enforcement officers coming together in Indianapolis and Terre Haute to support Special Olympics Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — An iconic, global symbol of unity and courage, the Flame of Hope will soon begin the journey from Indianapolis to Terre Haute for the ceremonial lighting of the cauldron to signify the start of the 2022 Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games.

The Final Leg Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Indiana will take place on June 10. The Indianapolis event will begin with a ceremony at 9 a.m. at Victory Field followed at 9:30 a.m. by a 3-mile run that will highlight the Indiana Cultural Trail, Monument Circle, Indiana Statehouse and White River State Park. The Terre Haute run will follow at noon at Indiana State University parking lot 21 and take participants throughout campus.

Known as “the Guardians of the Flame,” officers from across the state raise funds to earn their place at the Final Leg Torch Run events and help carry the Flame of Hope alongside Special Olympics Indiana athletes. That shared experience will culminate at the Summer Games, happening June 17-19 in Terre Haute, with the lighting of the cauldron during Opening Ceremonies, a decades-long tradition that celebrates the transformative power of acceptance, diversity and inclusion.

The Final Leg Torch Run events are also open for Special Olympics Indiana athletes to participate for free. Community members and businesses along the course are invited to come out to cheer and support the hundreds of participating law enforcement officers and athletes.

Started in 1981 in Wichita, Kan., with only a few runners, the LETR has grown to the largest grassroots supporter for Special Olympics across the globe, promoting awareness and raising tens of millions of dollars each year. Funds raised by the Final Leg Torch Run events in Indianapolis and Terre Haute will help Special Olympics Indiana provide sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the participants.