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.
NC Torch Run receives Diamond Award
Members of the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run attended the 2019 LETR International Conference September 18-20. The NC LETR received a Diamond Award of Excellence for their 2018 fundraising efforts, which raised over $1.4 million for SONC.
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.
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.