About the Law Enforcement Torch Run®
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.
2020 Special Olympics Torch Run Publix Campaign
This year, the Special Olympics Torch Run Campaign celebrated fundraising success in 45 Publix stores across North Carolina. Publix stores hosted the annual fundraising campaign for Special Olympics North Carolina Jan. 1-12, raising $171,000 in valuable funds. Athletes and law enforcement officers represented SONC at various participating locations to generate awareness for the campaign.
Scholarship an Athlete
Whether you gift a half scholarship, full scholarship or team scholarship, your agency can provide an athlete with the opportunity to attend the 2020 SONC Summer Games May 29-31. See more.
2020 Torch Run Conference
Thanks to the nearly 200 officers from across the state who joined us at the 2020 NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Atlantic Beach! Thank you to Raleigh Police Department & New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit Patrols for carrying the Flame of Hope to this year’s Conference. See photos from the conference.
2019 NC LETR Photo of the Year
Congratulations to our award winner for the 2019 NC LETR Photo of the Year featuring Transylvania County athlete Carolyn Sampson and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Motor Unit Officer Michael Retort. This photo was captured by volunteer photographer Brian Schiel at the 2019 Summer Games Opening Ceremony at PNC Arena.