Special Olympics Community Summit

Receive hands-on training, build awareness, network & help SOWA expand programming. Reg. by Nov. 27 and get a free pair of Brooks Running Shoes!

MATCH: Donate by Dec 31st and your gift will be DOUBLED.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for Special Olympics Washington

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 more than $51 Million USD for local Special Olympics programs in 2014 and over $500 Million since its inception in 1981. 

Today, the Torch Run encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as T-shirt and merchandise sales, special events to include polar plunges, tip-a-cop’s, rooftop sits and a host of other events that have local, state and national appeal. The Law Enforcement Torch Run transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people; recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. 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.