2018 Law Enforcement Torch Runs


Law Enforcement Torch Runs Celebrating 50 Years of Special Olympics


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
Wednesday 23-May Draper
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  5:50 p.m.

Start location:      Scera Park in Orem , 690 So. State Street in Orem

Parking:   Off State Street side by pool.

Torch Run Route:  Start at Scera Park in Orem.   Run may start on 400 East side of Scera Park rather than State Street side, and run south on 400 East to 800 South, east on 800 South to 800 East, turn south on 800 East, and proceed south to 1100 South and turn west into Univerity Place and end at the Orchard in University Place.

Length of route:     About one mile,  participants will be able to easily walk back to their cars in 15-20 minutes and a slow run/fast walk pace.

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 6:20 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.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run