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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.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run holds many fundraising events for Special Olympics Minnesota throughout the year, including the Final Leg has law enforcement volunteers and athletes act as the Guardians of the Flame and carry the “Flame of Hope” through their communities that culminates at Summer Games. Minnesota LETR members volunteer at Area, Regional and State competitions and participate in a variety of fundraisers.

Join us for the 2018 Final Leg!

Visit somn.org/finalleg to view all legs and for more information on how to get involved.