Beginning June 2nd, law enforcement throughout Illinois will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through hundreds of communities via 23 different legs (routes). The Flame of Hope will ultimately be delivered to Bloomington-Normal for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on June 7.
Departments interested in participating in their local Torch Run route should contact Katie Risley at Special Olympics Illinois by calling 309-533-3725 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All runners should complete the 2019 Runner Registration Form and turn it in at Summer Games or mail to SOILL- Attention Torch Run ; 605 E. Willow Normal, IL 61761.
All 2019 Leg Routes will be available in Spring 2019.
Final Leg & Summer Games information
The Final Leg is the culmination of all the Torch Run legs throughout the state. The Final Leg is a run of approximately 2.5 miles from the Shoppes at College Hills to Redbird Arena where we will host a BBQ with the Special Olympics Illinois athletes. After the reception, the Final Leg carries the torch into a packed Hancock Stadium and passes the torch to a Special Olympics Illinois athlete, who then lights the cauldron to officially open the games. All TR runners and volunteers, no matter when and where their respective leg was held, are encouraged to join the Final Leg to celebrate the culminating event of the Torch Run!
All Final Leg participants are required to attend our Final Leg meeting at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at the Doubletree Hotel. This includes both runners and officers driving squad cars in the procession.
LETR Hotel Block
Information regarding the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run hotel block at the Doubletree Hotel will be available in Spring 2019.
LETR Volunteers at Summer Games
There are a wide variety of opportunities available for Torch Run volunteers during Summer Games weekend! Law Enforcement personnel are needed to award medals, attend Opening Ceremony, volunteer as a sitting duck in the LETR dunk tank, help sell raffle tickets or even display your squad car in Olympic Town.
This year, Olympic Town will be located to the parking lot of Turner Hall, situated next to ISU’s Redbird Arena. Check back for an official map of the site!
All LETR volunteers are required to check-in at Torch Run Central located in Olympic Town on Saturday, June 16 between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. You will then be assigned a venue to award medals.
To sign up for the dunk tank or to display a squad car on Saturday, please contact Katie Risley at email@example.com or call 309-533-3725.