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Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR)
Keep running, Keep believing, Keep inspiring

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Connecticut is more than just an event. It is a mission, a serious commitment by the law enforcement community to pay homage to our heroes, the Special Olympics Connecticut athletes and their families.

- Sergeant Luis Rosa
LETR Director 2005-2011

What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics' single largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Since its inception, the International Torch Run Program has raised more than US $414 million for Special Olympics world-wide. More than 142,000 volunteers from 113 LETR programs across 46 countries every year carry the "Flame of Hope", raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics.

At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event where officers and athletes carry the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" to the Opening Ceremonies of local tournaments, or State, Provincial or National Summer or Winter Games. At its more extensive, the Torch Run program encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles, in addition to the actual Torch Run, such as T-shirt or merchandise sales, donations or pledges for runners in the Torch Run, corporate donations, and special events such as Penguin Plunges, golf tournaments or other events that have local appeal.

Connecticut's Law Enforcement Torch Run

In 1986, Connecticut had its first Torch Run with a few legs converging onto the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. The run then became a statewide event involving several more cities and towns. Since its inception, the Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown into the largest grass roots fund-raising event for Special Olympics Connecticut.

The 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run; June 4 - 6

The Torch Run will cover over 530 miles and run through more than 100 cities and towns. Over 1,500 Law Enforcement officers and Special Olympics Athletes will participate in this year's Torch Run. These officers represent local, state, and federal departments, agencies and correctional facilities.

  • Day 1 -
    The run will end with a rally in Ledyard.
  • Day 2 -
    The day will end with the routes meeting at the Capital in Hartford where runners will come together for a celebratory wrap-up of the day's events.
  • Day 3 -
    The last day will end when the routes meet in New Haven for a celebratory wrap-up of the day's events at a site to be determined.

The Final Leg

June 6th, 2014

The Final Leg will end at the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games at the Southern Connecticut State University. The run will be approximately 1 mile long.

The Goal

The goal for 2014 is to raise $550,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut.


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