June 18-22, 2018
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, Special Olympics. 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 successful years 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.
Law enforcement from all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces and territories and 35 nations carry the Flame of Hope in honor of Special Olympics athletes in their area and around the world. The Flame of Hope symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity and the inclusion of all people around the world. The Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. This international program has raised over $600 million to support Special Olympics programs. More than 97,000 law enforcement personnel from thousands of agencies around the world have been Guardians of the Flame and carried the Flame of Hope.
Help us celebrate at SOMN Summer Games!
Summer Games: June 22-24
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Pre-Party — Join us for light appetizers as we gather together before carrying in the Flame of Hope!
Friday, June 22 | 5 -7 p.m. | Woulfe Hall (3rd floor of Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas)
Celebration Ceremonies — Help carry the Flame of Hope to Summer Games and into Celebration Ceremonies on Friday evening, June 22! Please plan to arrive at the University of St. Thomas at 6:30 pm. There will be a Law Enforcement tent and a room available for you to enjoy the pre-party before carrying in the Flame of Hope at 7 p.m.
After Party — We’ll gather after Celebration Ceremonies to celebrate the successes of Final Leg and Summer Games with food, drinks and a short presentation!
Friday, June 22 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Scooters (on campus at the University of St. Thomas)
Questions about LETR at Summer Games? Contact [email protected] for more info!
Anoka County Leg
Anne Bluml | [email protected]
Bemidji + Pequot Lakes Leg
Pequot Lakes to Baxter
Kate Petersen | [email protected] | 218.568.8111
Little Falls Leg
Fort Ripley to Royalton
Josh Andrea | [email protected]
John Buetow | [email protected]
Moorhead Leg (Hwy. 10)
Kevin Torgerson | [email protected] | 507.328.6745
Sherburne County + West Metro Leg
Nabil Gubash | [email protected] | 763.765.3528
Kate Deering | [email protected]
Chad Meemken | [email protected] | 320.282.8681
North Shore Leg (Hwy. 61)
Matt O’Hara | [email protected] | 651.430.7824
Twin Cities Leg
Want to start your own leg? Contact [email protected] for more info!