Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR_Mark_Colorado_Color_1.1The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, in partnership with our communities, is to support Special Olympics Colorado programs through fundraising and public relations while enhancing the quality of life for our athletes.

    About LETR

    Officers raise money through Polar Plunge, Tip-A-Cop®, Plane Pull®, car shows, and other special events. Thanks to our strong volunteer base, all funds raised by law enforcement personnel go to Special Olympics Colorado. The donations are directed into program support and development, and help offset expenses for athlete participation in local, regional, state and international competitions as well as training, workshops and conferences.

    Through their combined fundraising activities and events, Colorado Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the largest financial supporter collectively for Special Olympics Colorado and its more than 16,000 athletes.

    We are proud to have our LETR officers and leaders as partners and appreciate the tireless efforts of the leadership and law enforcement personnel involved. Please contact Jan Gordon for more information on how to get you or your agency involved in LETR.

    Click here to view the Colorado LETR Structure

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    Thank you for being an annual sponsor of Colorado LETR!

    Torch Run


    During the month of May every year, hundreds of LETR officers and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games. On the West Steps of the Capitol Building in Denver, three flames are unified into a single torch, which will then head down the 16th Street Mall to the Pepsi Center before arriving at its final destination later that week — the host city for Summer Games.

    Additionally, Law Enforcement agencies across the state host Torch Runs in their own towns.

    Resources for Agencies: Hard Copy Torch Run Registration & Waiver | Flyer for Local Torch Runs

    2015 Torch Run Schedule

    Registration is now open! Click on the name of the run to learn more and to register. Additional runs will be added as we receive information.

    Friday, May 15 | Longmont Department of Public Safety, Longmont

    Saturday, May 16 | Garfield County Torch Run, Garfield County

    Wednesday, May 20 | Freemont County Torch Run, Freemont County

    Friday, May 22 | Eagle County Torch Run, Eagle County



    Law Enforcement around the state of Colorado give a whole new meaning to “protect and serve” with the Tip-A-Cop events. Officers and Special Olympics athletes serve as celebrity waiters at local restaurants and encourage guests to donate their tips to Special Olympics Colorado.

    Tip-A-Cop has been a popular event for many officers and the public enjoys the opportunity to be waited on by our athletes and local officers while they learn more about LETR and Special Olympics.

    All tips are tax deductible and support sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Join our Law Enforcement and Special Olympics athletes on Saturday, October 25, for Tip-A-Cop at Red Robin Restaurants in Colorado! Click here for a list of participating Red Robin Restaurants.

    To host a Tip-A-Cop event through your agency, please contact Jan Gordon.

    Polar Plunge


    Polar Plunge at City Park

    Aurora Reservoir | February 7

    Horsetooth Reservoir | February 21

    Denver’s City Park | February 28

    Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs | February 28

    Boulder Reservoir | March 7

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    The Special Olympics Colorado Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is a fun and unique way to help support a great cause. You can challenge yourself to jump into a frigid body of water (either a pool or reservoir) and get pledges of financial support from your family and friends. “Plungers,” as participants are referred to, may take the Plunge as an individual or as a team member. Many Plungers come in costume and stay afterward for the festivities or to cheer on other Plungers!

    The Polar Plunge + 5K at Denver’s City Park is the combination of a 5K run followed by the Polar Plunge. Of course, you can participate in the 5K only if you choose. Want to learn more about “Splashing and Dashing?” Polar Plunge + 5K Flyer

    Fundraising Minimums & Fees Polar Plunge | $75 Student/Athlete Polar Plunge | $50

    City Park Only: 5K Run/Walk | $30 fee Early Bird Registration (Fee will be $35 on January 1, 2015, and $40 on February 28, 2015) Splash & Dash | $30 5K Fee + Polar Plunge Fundraising Minimum ($75 or $50)

    Become a Polar Plunge Ambassador

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Plunge Tools

    Email Outreach Tips

    Fundraising Tips & Tricks

    Pledge Tracker

    Polar Plunge Business Cards

    Social Media Guide


    Plunger Toolkit

    Team Captain Toolkit

    The Polar Plunges aren’t just the coolest events of the year – they are guaranteed exposure for our partners. By becoming a sponsor, you will not only have the opportunity to showcase your brand, but you will also be supporting an amazing organization like, Special Olympics Colorado, that is recognized and favorably viewed by 95% of people in the United States.

    Click here to view the Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Megan Toohey at We would welcome the opportunity to put together a customized proposal that will meet your marketing, budget and community relations goals.

    We’ll see you at the Polar Plunge! Until then, enjoy our Photo Gallery from the 2014 Plunges!

    Thank You to our Sponsors!

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    Plane Pull®

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    Saturday, August 1, 2015 Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway Denver, CO

    Register | Donate | Volunteer | Sponsorship Information | Vendor Information | FAQ’s | 2014 Plane Pull Photos | 2014 Final StandingsFundraising Toolkit | Fundraising Incentives | Take the Corporate Challenge!

    Pulling for a Purpose! It’s a giant tug-of-war between you, your friends and a 164,000-pound airplane! Don’t miss out on the fun – teams of up to 25 people will compete to pull a jumbo jet 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time! Teams must raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate – that’s just $50 per person – and all proceeds help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 16,000 athletes of all ages. Highlights of this Special Olympics Colorado benefit include exciting exhibits, vendors, food and entertainment for all!

    Great Prizes! In addition to Fundraising Incentives, which you can earn by reaching certain fundraising levels, we have an excellent grand prize for our top fundraiser! The top fundraiser will receive two (2) Travel Certificates, each redeemable for one roundtrip flight between any two domestic cities with nonstop or connecting JetBlue-operated service as published on Thank you, JetBlue!

    Plane Pull 2013Event Schedule

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Registration & Vendor Booths Open

    11:00 a.m. – Plane Pull Begins

    2:00 p.m. – Plane Pull Ends and Awards Ceremony (subject to change)

    Prizes Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

    -Fastest Team -Fastest LETR Team -Slowest Team -Most Team Spirit -Highest Fundraising Team* -Highest Individual Fundraiser* -Highest Fundraising LETR Team* *Fundraising awards will be determined based on online fundraising totals as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th

    Still not convinced you’ve got the muscles for the job? Join us as a volunteer, an event sponsor, an event exhibitor… or as a “fan” of Special Olympics Colorado. For more information on any of these exciting options, contact Megan Toohey.


    Signature Flight Support


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    Flame of Hope Escort Ride

    Law Enforcement Torch RunThe Flame of Hope Escort Ride is a motorcycle ride that will transport the torch across the state starting in Denver and heading west to Glenwood Springs where the torch is passed on to Law Enforcement from the Western Slope, who will deliver it to its final destination, Grand Junction – the site of the 2014 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games.

    Saturday, May 24 | Escort Ride, Denver to Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction

    LETR Leadership

    The LETR Leadership page will be updated soon.

    History of LETR

    The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.  He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with their communities and Special Olympics, by running a torch relay from one side of the city to the other.

    Thirty years later, the Torch Run has grown to include more than 125 separate runs in over 46 nations. In 2013, more than 85,000 law enforcement officers raised over $46 million to support community based sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Torch Run has become the largest grassroots fundraising initiative for Special Olympics around the country.