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What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run®?

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $39 million over 30 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in June in Normal.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run has selected “Guarding the Flame Since 1986” as the theme for 2016 and will be using #ILTorchRun30 on social media to inspire officers and departments to spread the word about the 30th anniversary and how the Torch Run transforms the lives of Special Olympics athletes in Illinois.

View list of participating agencies and Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run® Committee members.

Check here for additional Torch Run Resources.

2016 Torch Run Intrastate Relay Information

Beginning June 5, 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 10!

History of Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run®

The Law Enforcement Torch Run has selected “Guarding the Flame Since 1986” as the theme for 2016. We will be using #ILTorchRun30 on social media to inspire officers and departments to spread the word about the 30th anniversary and how the Torch Run transforms the lives of Special Olympics athletes in Illinois.

The Torch Run began in Illinois in 1986 with less than 100 runners carrying the torch along five legs: North (starting in South Beloit), South (starting in Cairo), West (starting in Quincy), East (starting in Danville) and the city of Chicago. Illinois’ first Torch Run raised just $14,039.93, but the seed was planted for future growth. The Torch Run raised $500,000 in Illinois in 1997. Illinois easily surpassed the $1 million mark in 2001, reached the $2 million mark in 2006 and the $3 million mark in 2013.  In 2015, the Torch Run reached another milestone when it raised more than $4.1 million!

Read more about the history of the Law Enforcement Torch Run®.

Get Involved as an Officer, Department

To get involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, call the Special Olympics Illinois State Headquarters at 1-800-394-0562 or e-mail the Torch Run Liaison, Sandy Nash.

As an officer, you can collect donations and run in the leg nearest your location. If you prefer not to run, organize a fundraiser or simply raise money for a Torch Run fundraiser. Or, encourage a local business to make a contribution or sponsor a Torch Run event. The Torch Run is one of the best marketing opportunities available. It provides the opportunity to help a worldwide movement, while enhancing the public image of major donors. Via the Torch Run, sponsors can partner with one of the most highly respected groups in the world – law enforcement!

Order Torch Run Merchandise

One of the most popular ways to raise money is by selling Torch Run T-shirts, hats, pins, Harley Davidson Raffle tickets or UTV raffle tickets.  Merchandise is sold by departments for a minimum donation of $15 per shirt, $15 per hat or $5 per pin.  Harley Davidson raffle tickets are $10 each and UTV raffle tickets are $5 each.

There is no cost to your department when ordering merchandise though there is a cost to our LETR program.  Due to this, merchandise distribution will be tracked to help avoid an excess inventory at the end of the year.  If needed, departments may order additional merchandise throughout the year.

To order merchandise for your PD, click the button below.

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Resources for Law Enforcement who have relatives with intellectual disabilities

The Illinois LETR is proud to represent SOILL Families!  If you are a Law Enforcement Family who has a relative with an intellectual disability OR if you are a Law Enforcement Officer who has a Special Olympics athlete in your family, download the LE Family Involvement Form.

Other Ways to Support Torch Run

If you’re not a law enforcement officer, there are plenty of ways you can support the Torch Run.

  • Purchase a Harley Davidson Raffle ticket from your local law enforcement officer, online or by calling the Special Olympics Illinois office at 800-394-0562.
  • Purchase a raffle ticket for a Coleman Outfitter 700 Utility Vehicle valued at $10,099. Tickets can be purchased through your local law enforcement officer, online or by calling the Special Olympics Illinois office at 800-394-0562.
  • Sponsor the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Sandy Nash at 800-394-0562.

 

Upcoming Torch Run Events

It is important that Special Olympics Illinois is aware of all upcoming Torch Run Events. this will allow us to help promote your events on our website as well as ensure proper insurance coverage. To provide insurance, Special Olympics Illinois must sponsor or co-sponsor all events. Organizers simply informing us about an event being planned and insuring that all risk management guidelines are followed can meet this obligation. Click the button below to get started!

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Aug 6 @ 9:00 am Tri-Township Park
For more information, please view Troy Police Department Kickball Tournament Flyer.
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Randy's Vegetables
For more information, please view Randy’s Vegetables Fundraiser Flyer.
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am Manteno Sportsmen's Club
For more information, please view Richton Park PD Joker Run Flyer.
Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Culver's
Culver’s and Special Olympics Illinois Partner Up Many Culver’s locations throughout Chicagoland are partnering with Special Olympics Illinois for the inaugural ButterBurgers & Badges fundraising event Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 4-8 p.m. Customers can also[...]
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Brunswick Zone XL
For more information, please view Algonquin PD Strikes for Special Olympics Flyer and Registration Form.
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm Shop 'n Save Locations Across Illinois
Shop `n Save and the Law Enforcement Torch Run are teaming up for our annual Shop `n Save T-Shirt Days Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27. Officers across the state will staff Torch Run[...]
Aug 26 @ 1:54 pm Oak Brook Golf Club
For more information, please view Oak Brook PD Golf Outing Registration Form.
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Sears Centre
What is the World’s Largest Truck Convoy? The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so[...]
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am Collinsville Police Department
For more information, please view Collinsville Police Department 5K Flyer and Registration Form.
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am White Pines Golf Club
For more information, please view Woodridge PD Golf Outing Flyer.
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am El Paso Golf Club
For more information, please view El Paso PD Golf Outing Flyer.
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Chicago O'Hare Airport
Register Now General Donation Support Participant Support a Team What is the Plane Pull? The O’Hare Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as a team of up to 20 battle a UPS Airbus A300[...]
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am Hughes Creek Golf Course
For more information, please view St. Charles Police & Kane Co. State’s Attorney Golf Outing flyer.
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Southern Illinois Airport
Register Now General Donation Support Participant Support a Team What is the Plane Pull? Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run have partnered with the Southern Illinois University School of Aviation to host[...]
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm Maple Park Hog Wild
Purchase Tickets   This year the Law Enforcement Torch Run has partnered with Maple Park Police Department to host a statewide raffle for a Coleman Outfitter 700 UTV.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased[...]
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
What is the World’s Largest Truck Convoy? The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so[...]
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Knights of Columbus Hall
 

 

 

Law Enforcement Torch Run® Sponsorship

The Illinois Torch Run would not be as successful as it is without the support of the law enforcement community and sponsors.

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