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 14,200 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.

    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.

    2014 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.

    Saturday, May 3 | Teller County Sheriff’s Office, Woodland Park

    Thursday, May 8 | Longmont Safety & Justice Torch Run, Longmont

    Thursday, May 8 | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Torch Run, Niwot

    Friday, May 9 | Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office Torch Run, Brighton

    Saturday, May 10 | Pueblo Police Department Torch Run, Pueblo

    Tuesday, May 20 | Tribute at the Capitol Torch Run, Denver – Tribute at the Capitol flyer

    Tuesday, May 20 | Arvada Police Department Torch Run, Arvada to Denver

    Thursday, May 22 | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Parker

    Thursday, May 22 | Douglas County Torch Run, Parker

    Thursday, May 22 | Montrose Police Department Torch Run, Montrose

    Saturday, May 24 | Escort Ride, Denver to Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction (Registration available soon)

    Thursday, May 29 | Northern Colorado Torch Run (Weld County SO & Greeley PD), Greeley


    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.

    Thank you to Red Robin who hosted a Tip-A-Cop on October 12, 2013, at all 20 locations across the state. With the help of our amazing LETR representatives, $65,290.32, was raised for Special Olympics Colorado!

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

    Polar Plunge

    Polar Plunge

    Register or Donate Here:

    Colorado Athletic Club – Inverness – Jan. 25
    Colorado Springs – Feb. 1
    Boulder – Feb. 8
    Denver: Cool Schools – Feb. 22

    Denver: Splash & Dash – Feb. 22
    Aurora – March 8

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    Click here if you are a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce or Aurora Chamber of Commerce

    Volunteer | Sponsor Info | Vendor Info | “Chilly” Cook-Off | FAQ’s | Fundraising Toolkit | Incentives | 5K Run/Walk Course Map | Like us! FB-f-Logo__blue_58

    Plunge Season is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever!
    The Polar Plunge is not just for reservoirs anymore…You can now participate in Colorado’s coolest winter event by jumping into a pool of icy water or running a 5K in the heart of Denver. Join us at City Park for the new Polar Plunge Splash & Dash!

    However you choose to get your “chill” on, your bravery will help raise money and show support for 14,200 Special Olympics athletes in Colorado!

    The Polar Plunge Splash & Dash at City Park features:
    5K Run/Walk (click for course map) * Polar Plunge into an icy pool of water * Splash & Dash (Polar Plunge + the 5K!) * Beer Garden * Live Music * Food Trucks * Chilly Cook-Off * Cool Schools Plunge + 5K Walk/Run for Respect
    (Click here for the Cool Schools Toolkit or Team Registration Form)

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

    City Park Only:
    5K Run/Walk | $35 fee until Feb. 21st ($40 on Race Day)
    Splash & Dash | $35 5K Fee + Polar Plunge Fundraising Minimum ($75 or $50)

    Here’s how it works: Start a team or join a team (the more the merrier!) and ask your family and friends to pledge money towards your plunge. There are great incentives for reaching certain fundraising levels, and all proceeds benefit our amazing and courageous Special Olympics athletes. Click here to learn about the Polar Plunge fundraising incentives and what the money you raise can do for our Special Olympics athletes.

    We encourage everyone in the community to get involved – schools, fraternities, sororities, corporations, law enforcement agencies, groups of friends and families…the possibilities are endless! Get together and party like it’s 32 degrees!

    Get started now by clicking on a location & date above to register. After you register, set up your fundraising page and start collecting pledges and earning great incentives!

    We’ll see you at the Polar Plunge! Until then, enjoy our Photo Gallery, as well as videos from the 2013 Colorado Springs, Boulder & Aurora Polar Plunges!

    Thank You to our Sponsors!


    Polar Bear Sponsors

    Sports Authority

    Polar Bear Sponsor

    Iceberg Sponsors

    H&R BlockTD AmeritradeJack in the BoxSafewayArcanum Group logoRocky Mountain Roller GirlsAustin Logo

    Icicle Sponsors

    Denver Car2Go


    Plane Pull®

    Plane PullA Law Enforcement Torch Run Event
    Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Saturday, August 9, 2014
    Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport
    7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway
    Denver, CO 80249

    Register | Donate | Volunteer | Sponsorship Information | Vendor Information | FAQ’s | 2013 Plane Pull Photos

    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 14,000 athletes of all ages. Highlights of this Special Olympics Colorado benefit include exciting exhibits, vendors, food and entertainment for all!

    Plane Pull 2013Event Schedule
    9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Registration & Vendor Booths Open
    11:00 a.m. – Plane Pull Begins
    1:30 p.m. – Plane Pull Ends and Awards Ceremony (subject to change)

    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

    Flame of Hope Escort Ride

    Thank you to all LETR riders who participated in the 2013 Flame of Hope Escort Ride!

    The Flame of Hope Escort Ride is a motorcycle ride across the state in honor of Special Olympics Colorado. The group of riders will carry the Flame of Hope from the Pepsi Center in Denver to the Aspen Valley Harvey Davidson in Glenwood Springs. From here, the Flame of Hope will be passed off to be carried to Grand Junction, the site of the 2013 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games.

    LETR Leadership

    LETR Executive Committee

    Mindy Watrous, President/CEO, Special Olympics Colorado

    Jan Gordon, LETR/Event Manager, Special Olympics Colorado

    Brian McKnight, State Director, Arapahoe County Sheriff

    Ralph Maher, Regional Director, Fountain Police Department

    Jason Rogers, Regional Director, Lone Tree Police Department

    Dave Seper, Regional Director, Boulder Police Department

    Dave Shipley, Regional Director, Adams County Sheriff

    Chris Wright, Regional Director, Colorado State Patrol

    LETR Management Team

    Dennis Beery, Montrose Police Department

    Casidee Carlson, Aurora Police Department

    Deb Daily, Parker Police Department

    Tara Donn, USEPA-CID

    Joseph Dreiling, Adams County Sheriff

    Bobbie Garrett, Englewood Police Department

    Kevin Heaton, Arapahoe County Sheriff

    Dave Hoover, Lakewood Police Department

    Trish Hutcheons, Durango Police Department

    Brian Knudsen, Arapahoe County Sheriff

    Kerry Lewis, Castle Rock Police Department

    Leroy Mora, Pueblo Sheriff

    Becky Radar, Denver Sheriff Department

    Mark Reeves, Lakewood Police Department

    Sam Trujillo, Retired Colorado State Patrol

    Kelli Scherer, Arvada Police Department

    Mim Shea, ATF

    Tamara Solari, EPA-CID

    Tammy Vericker, DOI-OIG

    Zach Welker, Westminister Police Department

    Andy Wronkowski, Greeley Police Department

    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.