Torch Run Events Stories

Five-O at the Dirty O



What is Five-O at the Dirty O

Five-O at the Dirty O is a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. It is a stock car race in which law enforcement officers race stock vehicles decked out in their department’s patrol colors and decals! The event takes place at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet.

Each officer must raise a minimum of $500 in donations to participate. The winning officer not only will receive ultimate bragging rights as the fastest cop in town but will be presented with the trophy.

Click here for a full list of rules.

2017 Event Recap

In 2017, 15 drivers representing 13 different law enforcement agencies raced for the Fastest Cop in Town title. Jerry Lehmach from Lemont Police Department was the winner of the race.  Oak Forest PD was our top fundraising department raising $20,100 for the athletes.  Overall, this event raised $75,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

Help us build on the momentum of this exciting event by entering a driver in the race! Driver registration will be live in March 2018.


Route 66

Calling All Law Enforcement Personnel with Special Olympics Athletes in Family


The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Illinois Families Committee are looking to identify law enforcement personnel who have a family member with an intellectual disability and who would be willing to share their story.

“We are trying to identify people who have ties as both a Special Olympics family member and member of the law enforcement community,” said Katie Herriott, SOILL Director of Development-Torch Run. “We know there are many law enforcement officers in Illinois who have a relative currently involved or who could be involved in the program, but we don’t know their story yet.”

2015 Coaster Challenge KirschOne such family is the Kirsch family of Shorewood. Steve is a Deputy for the Will County Sheriff’s Police whose daughter competes in Special Olympics through Special Connections. Steve, along with his wife Chris, are the first LETR Family Liaisons and serve on both the Family and LETR State Committees.

“We have been asked many times why we are involved with Special Olympics Illinois and our answer is always ‘How could we not be?’ ” said Chris Kirsch. “Our experiences with SOILL have been incredible! Time and time again we have seen how Special Olympics has changed the participants in immeasurable ways, especially our daughter, Rikki. We feel very strongly about giving back both at local events and at a state level.”

The Kirsches see their involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run as an extension of their involvement with Special Olympics that provides them with source of support and inspiration. “Having a police officer and a Special Olympics athlete means we have two uniquely inspiring ‘families.’ We are able to relate to officers and directly share how their efforts impact the athletes.”

The Kirsches encourage all law enforcement families with Special Olympics athletes – whether son/daughter, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, cousin – in their families to share the story and help us inspire others.

If you’re interested in sharing your law enforcement/Special Olympics family story with us, please contact the Kirsches, Katie Herriott or Karen Milligan, Director of Families and Athlete Leadership Program. View a flyer on the Law Enforcement Torch Run Family Liaison program.

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Truck Convoy


What is the Truck Convoy?

The Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and the trucking industry to raise funds for Special Olympics so athletes  can continue to train in year-round sports activities. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the Truck Convoy one of their many annual signature events in Illinois!

The Illinois Convoys

Special Olympics Illinois and the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run will partner in 2018 to host three Truck Convoy events!  Our three locations include Tinley Park, Hoffman Estates and Troy IL.  Details and dates are currently being finalized and additional information will be available in late Spring 2018.


History of the Truck Convoy

The Truck Convoy was conceived in 2001 by Cpl. Norm Schneiderhan, special project coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Schneiderhan, who drove a truck for about three years in his father’s trucking company before he entered the field of law enforcement, launched the event for Special Olympics as a way to call attention to the organization among truckers.

For more information on the Truck Convoy, contact Katie Herriott at 309-533-3725.



LETR Jeep Raffle Winner Drawn


The winning ticket was drawn on Sept. 28 in Normal. Manuel Pepin of Sleepy Hollow, IL, was the winner! He picked up the Jeep on Oct. 14.


L-R: Jim Moyer, VP of Operations for Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Glenview; Alan Nerad, Charitable Fund Chair for Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club; Manuel Pepin, Jeep Winner; and Jim Fitzpatrick, Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois partnered with Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) of Glenview, the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire Morning Star, Mopar and JamWerks to raffle off a custom 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, valued at more than $55,000. Fields CJDR General Manager Jim Moyer donated all the time and labor required to create special LETR-themed graphics and handle accessory installation. Raffle licensed by the Village of Lincolnshire.

Factory equipment:

  • Sahara 24G package
  • Dual top group w/ painted hard top
  • Connectivity group
  • Front supplemental side air bags
  • Navigation
  • Alpine 9 speaker system
  • Heated seats
  • Remote start

MOPAR Accessories installed by JamWerks (Valued at $16,000)

  • Mopar 2 inch lift kit with front drive shaft and fox 2.0 shocks
  • 35 inch Goodyear Duratrac tires
  • Mopar 17 inch Pintler style wheels
  • Katzkin leather interior
  • Mopar heavy duty steel front and rear bumpers(same as production Rubicon Hard Rock edition).
  • Warn 9.5 CTI winch
  • Mopar off road lights
  • Mopar Rock Rails
  • Painted Interior trim appliques
  • Mopar Differential covers

Customer exterior graphics, powdercoating, painting and much more done by JamWerks.