The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. The annual Torch Run and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics.
LETR in Iowa
LETR began in Iowa in 1987 and has evolved into the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. The LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles including Polar Plunge®, Cop on Top®, Tip a Cop®, Truck Convoy, Plane Pull and much more.
Each year, the LETR initiative continues to grow. In 2014, LETR worked with 750+ law enforcement officers to raise more than $800,000 for Iowa athletes.
Participate in the Torch Run – Each year law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope along planned routes, covering all corners of the state. For the Final Leg, officers run and bike the torch from Des Moines to Ames, converging on Hilton Coliseum. The torch is passed to a Special Olympics Iowa athlete who lights the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games. Officers around the state collect donations for the opportunity to run or bike in the Final Leg.
Fundraise – Countless opportunities are available for law enforcement officers to organize fundraisers or to raise money for an existing event. Cop on Top®, Tip a Cop® or selling supporter apparel are a few great ways to get your department involved. Committees also put on various fundraising events year-round that you can participate in:
- Back the Blue 5k Pump & Run
- Cop on Top®
- Crappie Tournament
- Dallas County All-Wheel Show
- Dodgeball Tournament
- Hamilton County Bike Ride (pdf)
- Iowa Law Enforcement Half Marathon/10K/5K
- Jim Jordan Memorial Golf Classic
- LETR Final Leg
- LETR Golf Tournament
- Over the Edge
- Pigskin Madness
- Plane Pull
- Polar Plunge®
- Run with the Police
- Tip a Cop®
- Torch Run Dance and Auction
- Torch Run Supporter Apparel
- World’s Largest Truck Convoy®
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