Law Enforcement Torch Run
What is the Torch Run?
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Pennsylvania unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in a year-round effort to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics movement. The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, coordinating third party events, and hosting unique fundraising events such the Polar Plunge, Beaver Stadium Run, Torch Runs and other fundraising events.
- Eight Statewide Polar Plunges
- East/West/Central Sectionals (Bowling, Winter)
- Winter Games, Opening Ceremonies (January/February)
- Indoor Winter Games (March)
- UNcathlon (April)
- Beaver Stadium Run (April)
- "Be a Fan" Torch Run (May/June)
- Summer Games (June)
- Fall Festival / Unified Fall Festival Torch Run (November)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraising program benefiting Special Olympics, began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness.
The idea for the Torch Run was to provide local law enforcement officers with an opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where the officers lived and worked. After three years of successful runs in Kansas, Chief LaMunyon presented his idea to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which endorsed Special Olympics as its official charity through the Torch Run. Today, all 50 states and over 40 countries have their own versions of the Torch Run.
If you are interested in becoming involved in LETR or have questions, please contact us via the following:
Karly Heath - Stewardship Manager & Law Enforcement Liaison
300 Cedar Ridge Drive, Suite 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
724-375-7515 ext. 256