Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Torch Run Background

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an innovative initiative powered by dedicated law enforcement personnel around the world who want to help Special Olympics athletes experience acceptance, achievement, and admiration through sport.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run was started in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas, by Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. Chief LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics.

He proposed the idea of police officers running in support of Special Olympics athletes, while raising financial contributions from fellow police officers, private individuals, and the business community.

From this modest beginning, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has developed into an inspiring international movement, with Torch Runs being held in more than 51 countries, including Canada. To date, the LETR has raised more than $600 million for Special Olympics programs around the world.

The BC LETR is an inspiring, joyful phenomenon that has raised approximately $3 million in British Columbia since 1990. In B.C., the LETR has helped increase the athlete base to more than 4,600 registered athletes in 57 communities around the province.

For a sense of the LETR spirit, check out the video below.