LETR Commemorative Run

The Flame of Hope symbolizes Special Olympics’ bright vision: shining a light on the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

This July, the Flame of Hope will mark the first 50 years of Special Olympics — and light the way to a bright future of a welcoming and inclusive world for all.

The flame will be lit in downtown Chicago on 20 July, the day the first Special Olympics International Games were held in 1968 at Soldier Field. A team of runners — with and without intellectual disabilities — will carry the torch along a four-mile course past Chicago’s scenic landmarks, parks and beaches along Lake Michigan.

The run will conclude after entering Soldier Field, the grand stadium of the “Golden Age of Sports.” The Commemorative Run team will then deliver the torch for the ceremonial lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope Monument.

Registration for the LETR Commemorative Torch Run is open to law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the public. Registration is $75 and all participants who register by June 30 are guaranteed a Commemorative Torch Run dry-wick shirt.  Participants who register after June 30th will receive a shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants can choose to run the entire 4 mile route or join us for the last 2 miles (approximate).  The Commemorative Torch Run is a structured run similar to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg (this is not a race).  Participants will run in formation at a 15 minute mile (4 miles per hour) pace.  The group will be led by a law enforcement officer and Special Olympics athlete carrying the Flame of Hope