Torch Run Committee

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world.  In 2016, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$56 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and eclipsed US$675 million raised since the inception of the LETR. 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. The LETR was quickly endorsed by Special Olympics, Inc. and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the Founding Law Enforcement Organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

More than 95,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 45 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games. 

For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, please visit the LETR website (