We appreciate our law enforcement officers and their willingness to run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” down the streets of cities and towns in support of Special Olympics Utah athletes.
Our thanks to all the communities across Utah that hosted torch runs in May for the “The Flame of Hope.”
All Torch Runs in 2018
|Day of Run||Date of Run||County/City|
|Tuesday||1-May||Tooele County, Tooele City, Grantsville, Dugway|
|Thursday||3-May||Millard County; Delta and Fillmore|
|Thursday||10-May||Duschene County & Roosevelt City|
|Friday||11-May||San Juan County|
|Saturday||11-May||Uintah County & Vernal City|
|Saturday||12-May||City of St. George|
|Thursday||17-May||Box Elder County|
|Saturday||19-May||City of Logan|
|Tuesday||22-May||Davis County (Kaysville, Syracuse, Layton, Clearfield)|
|Tuesday||22-May||City of Washington|
|Tuesday||29-May||Weber County and Ogden City|
|TBD||West Valley City & Moab City|
|Friday||8-Jun||The Final Leg into the Summer Games Block Party – University Place – Orem, UT|
The Final Leg!
Date and time: Friday, June 8, 2018
Meet at 5:00 p.m. Start time 5:30 p.m.
Start location: TBD
Torch Run Route: TBD
Length of route: About one mile, participants will be able to easily walk back to their cars in 15-20 minutes.
Purpose: Run the “Flame of Hope” into the Special Olympics Utah Opening Ceremonies
It is requested that anyone participating in the Torch Run be able to comfortably run a 15-20 minute mile in warm weather conditions. This request is to help assure the Torch and all runners arrive on time to the Opening Ceremonies at 5:55 pm. A community block party will follow.
For over 30 years, Utah’s law enforcement community has been supporting Special Olympics and individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Law Enforcement Torch Runs (LETR). Our heartfelt thanks to all the law enforcement officers and agencies who have again planned torch runs in their communities for 2018.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics
The Torch Run was started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon to involve local law enforcement personnel in the community and to support Special Olympics. At its most basic level the Torch Run is an actual running event in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National and World Games. The purchase of LETR shirts helps support the torch runs
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) raises awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities inviting the community to join them in accepting and including people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of their lives. For Special Olympics athletes the torch run is a visual display of mutual respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes. Equally important, law enforcement officers receive positive community recognition.