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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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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[...]
Sep 30 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Attea Middle School
  Register Now Supporting Documents 21016 Attea Middle School Flier
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am The Dragon's Refuge
For more information, please view MAGIC The Gathering Charity Tournament Flyer.
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[...]
Oct 22 all-day Red Robin Locations Statewide
Save-the-date for this year’s Red Robin Tip A Cop on October 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m at Red Robin locations across the state. The full list of participating Red Robin stores will be available[...]
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am Huntley Square
For more information, please view Huntley Police Department Trick or Trot Flyer and Registration Form.
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Knights of Columbus Hall
Kickoff the holiday season and join Special Olympics Illinois for the “As Seen on TV Trivia Knight”. Enjoy 10 rounds of entertainment trivia loosely based off of Netflix categories! Prizes include: cash prize for top[...]

 

 

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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