Torch Run Overview

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.

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Latest News

2016 Torch Run Final Leg

Thank you, Final Leg runners!

Thank you to the more than 2,000 law enforcement officers who participated in the 2016 Torch Run Relay and Final Leg!  This year’s Relay saw the Flame of Hope travel more than 2,000 across the state of North Carolina to the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.



Deputy Daniel Blagg Selected to Carry the Flame of Hope in the Torch Run Final Leg for 2017 Special Olympics World Games

Deputy Daniel Blagg of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in Waynesville has been selected as North Carolina’s only law enforcement official to the Final Leg team that will run the “Flame of Hope” throughout Austria in March 2017 prior to the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.


Chief Thurman Whisnant

Officer Spotlight: Chief Thurman Whisnant

Congratulations to Chief Thurman Whisnant of the Hickory Police Deparment for being named the new Chief of Police! Chief Whisnant has been with the Hickory Police Department for 22 years and is well known in the community for his work with Special Olympics.


Janice Feldman LETR Volunteer

NC LETR Volunteer is Key to Fundraising Success

Janice Feldman’s dedication to the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run has made her stand out among volunteers.  Over the past two years, Janice has successfully applied for almost $90,000 in WalMart and Sam’s Club grants as well as assisted with preparation and registration for many of the Torch Run’s key events.  She is always willing to stay a little longer to help with that one extra project.  Her support keeps things running smoothly across the state with the Torch Run! Thank you, Janice!

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Torch run Directors’ Message

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July 2016 Directors’ Message

Greetings Fellow Law Enforcement Officers, It is July and we are more than half way through our fundraising year. Where has the year gone?!  The 2016 NC Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign has raised $750,000 to date. We are ahead of last year’s efforts but there is still much work to be done to reach […]

Our Torch Run Sponsors


NC Torch Run Leadership

Leslie Moyar

Director of Development for the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run or 919-719-7662, ext. 123

Claudia Morgan

NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Co-Director

Keith Jones

NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Co-Director