The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, T-shirt and hat donations and hosting unique fundraising events such as building sits, polar plunges and glow runs.
Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state in the Torch Run Final Leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh. The 2,000-mile, month-long Torch Run Relay involves more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina.
Agencies across the state carry Flame of Hope to Summer Games
Thanks to all who participated in Torch Run relays in their communities in lead up to the Final Leg and Circle of Honor at the 2019 Special Olympics NC Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Raleigh! See photos from relays in North Carolina and the Final Leg.
Join the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run and participate in the Guardian of Hope Dollar Pledge
Participating law enforcement agencies who raise $2,000 or more from runner pledges for their relay will receive a Special Olympics Flame of Hope commemorative torch for their agency. The Guardian of Hope Pledge form is available here.
North Carolina Chiefs of Police encourage participation in NC LETR
View a message from Chief John Letteney of Apex Police Department, Chief Gina Hawkins of Fayetteville Police Department and Chief Catrina Thompson of Winston-Salem Police Department about the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
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- Winston-Salem Police Department goes above and beyond the call of duty
- LETR promotional video available for use
- North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics honors outstanding individuals and agencies with awards
- Torch Runner includes Special Olympics in Will