Law Enforcement Torch Run

So Much More Than a Run!

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide as champions for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities through a variety of year-round events and other activities. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraising program benefitting Special Olympics, raising tens of millions of dollars each year to support year-round sports training and competition plus health, education and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

As part of LETR, local agencies can coordinate any activity that raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics Indiana athletes and create an enjoyable experience for law enforcement participants. Your agency can have pride in the program and we encourage you to make it your own. Contact Stephanie Manner at Special Olympics Indiana for more information. Join us on Facebook!

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Stephanie Manner
Director of Special Events

Final Leg Torch Runs — Join the Tradition

Started in 1981 by Chief Richard LaMunyon in Wichita, Kan., with just a few runners, the LETR Final Leg Torch Run has grown to become the organization’s signature fundraising event. Thousands of dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members, who are collectively known as the Guardians of the Flame, carry the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics athletes each year, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

In Indiana, officers can participate in runs at Summer Games in June, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Games in October or a locally coordinated run. Runs can also be added if there is not one in your county.

Before more than 2,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes converged on Terre Haute to compete in the 2022 Summer Games, the Indiana Law Enforcement Torch Run invited officers and agencies from across the state to come together and carry the torch during 3-mile Torch Run events hosted in Indianapolis and in Terre Haute.

Participate in More LETR Events

Tip-A-Cop

This event is held at any restaurant an “officer lead” chooses. Officers volunteer as “celebrity waiters” to receive “tips” to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. This event requires three to six officers, including one lead. Officers do not serve food.

Showdown of the Shields

How many repetitions can you handle? Teams of police, fire and EMS department members compete in three different weight competitions to see who will take the grand prize back to their department for completing the most number of reps.

Beat the Heat

Show your driving skills with three of your fellow officers, friends or family with this adrenaline-packed endurance karting race! This event is open to any team — not just law enforcement. You want to come out and see who can complete the most laps before the checkered flag flies.

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