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

2024 Torch Run

  • Torch Run Runner Registration Form:** The Torch Run will be held June 4-7, 2024 (each Leg of the run will be assigned a specific date) with the final leg leading in the Torch at the Opening Ceremonies at the Special Olympics Maine 2024 State Summer Games on June 7th.  We encourage you and the members of your department to participate your Leg in this year’s Torch Run.  On top of running an assigned leg of the Torch Run, all Runners are invited to be a part of the final leg on June 7th.  Complete the Torch Run Runner Registration form to express your intent to participate. Please make sure all interested participants fill out the form to officially register for the run.  Deadline to register is May 10th!  Anyone registering after the deadline will still be able to register for the run but is not guaranteed a Runner shirt.
  • Torch Run Runner T-shirt Sponsorship – The Maine LETR is currently looking for Runner T-shirt Sponsors.  Businesses can proudly display their company logo on over 750 Runner shirts that will be worn during the Torch Run and other LETR Awareness events throughout the year.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities click here.
  • Adopt-A-Mile Campaign – Any participating business or individual may “adopt” a local mile of the Torch Run by making a donation of $100.00 (Adopt-A-Mile Sponsorship Letter).  During the week of the week of the run, a  10″x 24″ sign will be placed along your local Torch Run route for all to see and remain there for the duration of the run.  The sign will read “Special Olympics Torch Run- This Mile Sponsored by……..”  Complete the Adopt-A-Mile Sponsorship form for the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Maine.  Deadline to submit is May 3, 2024.
  • Special Olympics Maine 2024 Summer Games Participation:** Don’t forget about the upcoming Special Olympics Maine Summer Games, June 7-9, 2024 at the University of Maine in Orono! Officers interested in participating and needing to register for accommodation can do so through the Torch Run Runner Registration form. Deadline to register is May 10th!

2024 Side-By-Side Raffle

  • Side By Side Raffle Ticket Requests:** 3500 raffle tickets are available to sell.  Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket.  This raffle has the potential of raising over $50K if all tickets are sold!  If you would like to request raffle tickets for an upcoming LETR event(s) (tickets can be requested by sellers for non-event sales, too), please submit your request through the Side-By-Side Raffle Ticket Request form or contact Ian Frank at ianf@somaine.org or 207-879-0489.
    • Side-by-Side Display Dates:** For those interested in displaying the Side-By-Side at events, please contact Ian Frank at ianf@somaine.org or 207-879-0489 to arrange dates and logistics.

Just-A-Buck Payroll Deduction Campaign:**For those interested in participating in, or wanting more information on, the Just-A-Buck payroll deduction campaign, please contact Ian Frank at ianf@somaine.org or 207-879-0489.

Applebee’s Promotion Dates:** Our Applebee’s promotion for 2024 will run from May 6 to June 4, 2024. We encourage you to consider planning two TACs (Tip-A-Cop) events, one early and one late in the month, to maximize participation and fundraising opportunities.

Tip-A-Cop Events:** While we strongly encourage Tip-a-Cop events at Applebee’s during the designated dates, additional Tip-a-Cops can also be held at either Applebee’s throughout the year or other non-Applebee locations.

Contact Us

For more information on the Maine LETR please contact:

Law Enforcement Torch Run Director
Ron Gastia
maineletr@somaine.org

Special Olympics Maine Liaison to the Law Enforcement Torch Run
Ian Frank
ianf@somaine.org
(207) 879-0489