Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, At its most basic level the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National Games. Annually, more than 85,000 dedicated, compassionate and volunteer law enforcement officers participate in the torch run throughout 35 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and 50 US states, raising over $500 Million since its inception in 1981.

The man behind the first Torch Run in 1981 was Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. He conceived the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics. The Torch Run was quickly adopted by the International

Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) now recognized as the founding law enforcement organization for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.

Today, the Torch Run is more than just a run and encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as T-shirt and merchandise sales, special events to include polar bear plunges, tip-a-cop and building sits and a host of other events that have local, state and national appeal. For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes.

In Maine there are over 700 members of Law Enforcement who participate in the Torch Run.

Maine State Law Enforcement Torch Run Links

  • 2023 LETR Runner Registration/Summer Games Registration
  • LETR Runner Shirt Sponsorship Letter
  • LETR Sponsorship Donation Letter
  • LETR Solicitation Permission

Contact Us

For more information on the Maine LETR please contact:

Law Enforcement Torch Run Director
Ron Gastia

Liaison Law Enforcement Torch Run Director
Ian Frank
(207) 879-0489