Intrastate Relay

Beginning June 10, 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 15.

Departments interested in raising donations in conjunction with their local Torch Run can create an online fundraising page by clicking here.  For instructions on how to register, click here.

Departments interested in participating in their local Torch Run route should contact Katie Risley at Special Olympics Illinois by calling 309-533-3725 or All runners should complete the 2018 Runner Registration Form and turn it in at Summer Games or mail to SOILL- Attention Torch Run ; 605 E. Willow Normal, IL 61761.

Torch Run Intrastate Relay Press Release 2018

Leg Routes

All the leg routes have been finalized for 2018. For a complete list of the routes download the 2018 Torch Run Leg Kickoffs. You can view all the individual route information by clicking here.

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 USA Games 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!

Click here to view our 2018 Final Leg Information & Schedule

Click here for the 2018 Summer Games Venue Map

All Final Leg participants are required to attend our Final Leg meeting at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Doubletree Hotel. This includes both runners and officers driving squad cars in the percession.

LETR Hotel Block

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run hotel block at the Doubletree Hotel is officially sold out. Please refer to the 2018 SG Hotel List for other options.

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 relocated 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 or call 309-533-3725.