Apr 25 - Northwest Iowa Polar Plunge
May 7 - Drake Unified Sports Day
Jul 11 - Softball Skills, Muscatine
Sep 12 - State Equestrian Competition
Oct 3 - State Flag Football
Jan 12 - State Winter Games
Jan 13 - State Winter Games
Iowa State Greeks Set Fundraising Record for Special Olympics Iowa
Iowa State University students set a fundraising record of $190,000 as they dove into the State Gym pool for the Ames Greek Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa March 28.
SOIA Athlete Makes His Mark as a Page to the Iowa House of Representatives
SOIA athlete Tyler Steinke has been working at the capitol since the beginning of the school year as a page to the House of Representatives. It is Tyler’s job to be a runner for the representatives.
Mid-Winter Tournament Expands Locations for 2015
Special Olympics Iowa announced new partnerships with Iowa City West High School and Iowa Gym-Nest as it expands locations for the annual Mid-Winter Tournament March 13-14 in Iowa City.
Des Moines Polar Plunge Moves to Jordan Creek Town Center in 2015
Special Olympics Iowa and Jordan Creek Town Center announced today a new partnership that will bring the Des Moines area Polar Plunge to Jordan Creek Town Center on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
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Law Enforcement Torch Run®

What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics is the largest grass-roots 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 gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics.  At its most basic level, the LETR is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics local competitions and State Games.  Overall, the LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles.  The LETR in Iowa hosts a variety of special events like Polar Plunge®, Cop on Top, Tip a Cop, Truck Convoy, Plane Pull and much more.

History of the Law Enforcement Torch Run
LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics.  The LETR was quickly endorsed by Special Olympics, Inc. and the International Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the Founding Law Enforcement Organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  More than 96,000 law enforcement in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 44 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games.  

LETR began in 1987 in Iowa and has evolved into the largest grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa.  The highly emotional Final Leg of the run involves officers statewide converging on Hilton Coliseum to pass the torch to a Special Olympics athlete who, in turn, lights the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games.

How Can You Get Involved?

Participate in the Torch Run
Each year law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics Torch along planned routes, covering all corners of our state.  The Final Leg involves officers running the torch from Des Moines to Ames, converging on Hilton Coliseum to pass the torch to a Special Olympics Iowa athlete who, in turn, lights the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games.  As an officer, you can collect donations and run in the leg nearest your location. 
Learn more about the Iowa Final Leg

If you prefer not to run, organize a fundraiser or simply raise money for an existing fundraiser.
Cop on Top, Tip a Cop or selling Supporter Shirts are a great start in getting your department involved.  Committees also put on various fundraising events year-round that you can organize a team for such as Polar Plunge, Plane Pull, Over the Edge and much more!
Learn more about Fundraising Events

In 2014, LETR raised over $800,000 for Iowa athletes, giving them opportunities to participate in year-round sports, health and educational programming - and most importantly - experience joy, pride and respect.



Law Enforcement Torch Run® Sponsors

LETR Fundraisers
Cop on Top
Crappie Tournament
Final Leg
LETR Golf Tournament
Over the Edge
Pigskin Madness
Plane Pull
Polar Plunge
Supporter Shirts
Tip A Cop
Torch Run Dance & Auction
Unified Relay Across America
World's Largest Truck Convoy
LETR Brochure &
Runner Registration Form
LETR Newsletter
Supporter Shirt Order Form
International LETR
Jeanette Steinfeldt
Special Olympics Iowa
Director of Development
Lindsay Eastin
Special Olympics Iowa
LETR Event Coordinator
Chief Michelle Leonard
Dallas Center Police Department
LETR Director
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