Law Enforcement Torch Run 

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows bigger and better. The Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative is the largest fundraising partner of Special Olympics Maryland. In 2019 they raised $3,500,000 for athletes across the state during the official Torch Run, T-shirt sales, Cops on Rooftops, Police Plunge, and other various fundraising events. Thank you to everyone involved with the LETR movement. Be a fan of fun, dignity, empowerment, and strength, and get involved today!

2024 LETR Schedule

See below if you want to support your local LETR event!


2024 LETR T-Shirt & Hat Sales

Get your hands on the new designs!

Please contact Betsy Jiron at bjiron@somd.org if you wish to purchase a 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt or hat! You will be put in touch with your local law enforcement agency that is participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the sale will happen through them. 

Carrying the Flame of Hope

The History of the Law Enforcement Torch Run

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics. He also saw it as an ideal way to get local law enforcement personnel involved with the Special Olympics community. The LETR was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the founding organization of the Special Olympics Law enforcement Torch Run®. What started as a flicker, thirty-seven years ago, has grown into a roaring flame of support and stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.

LETR Contact Form

LETR Contact Form

Want to get involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Maryland? Fill out the contact form below.