Law Enforcement Torch Run
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began 30 years ago in Kansas as a vision of Chief Richard LaMunyon, who wanted to give his officers an opportunity to participate in something positive. Today, the LETR is held in 50 states and 48 countries around the world. The event raises $42.6 million annually and recruits more than 15,000 law enforcement officers from all over the world.
Missouri's Torch Run
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The Premier Partner for Missouri's Torch Run is Shop 'n Save. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association is the founding law enforcement organization for Missouri's Torch Run for Special Olympics. What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games. 2013 represents the 28th year that Missouri Law enforcement officers have supported SOMO.
It's more than a run; the Torch Run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 200 agencies and 6,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal; they are some of our greatest volunteers. All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri's year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 16,000 athletes across the state.
Many agencies hold special events like Plane Pulls, motorcycle events, golf tournaments and trivia nights. Partners like Shop 'n Save conduct promotions that raise funds and generate awareness as well. A major source of funding comes from the sale of Torch Run T-shirts that feature a new design each year. Sponsors and corporate donations help round out these fundraising efforts.
State sponsorships are available for companies and organizations seeking to align themselves with law enforcement to help Special Olympics. International Events Group (IEG) worked with us to develop our sponsorship package and offer the most valuable benefits for our partners. The Premier partner for Missouri's Torch Run is Shop'n Save.
Torch Run Merchandise
Agencies raise awareness and money by selling Torch Run T-shirts and hats. It's easy and it can help you reach Torch Club status.
Short sleeve T-shirt
2013 Run Dates:
Download a regional runner form
Region 1 (NW Region)
a.US 71 South from Maryville – May 28 @ Nodaway County Courthouse – 9:00am
Contact: James Runde, Maryville Treatment Center, 660-582-6542
b.Missouri Highway Patrol Troop H – May 28th from Maryville to Pumpkin Center – right after Maryville run.
Contact: Amber Richardson, Troop H, 816-387-2345
c.Savannah Route from Town Square – May 28th at 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Ruth Andres, WRDCC, 816-387-2158
d.St. Joseph Route from the City Aquatic Park – May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Rita Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Dept., 816-271-4701
e.Chillicothe Route from Prison to Fire Station – May 29th at 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Carrie Pfeifer, Chillicothe Correctional Center, 660-646-4032
f. Trenton Route – May 29th at 10:00 a.m. Police Dept. to Shop-Ko parking lot
Contact: Sheriff Rodney Herring, Grundy County Sheriff’s Dept., 660-359-5557
g.Gallatin Route – May 29th at 12:00 p.m. Courthouse around square down Main St.
Contact: Sheriff Ben Becerra, Daviess County Sheriff Dept., 660-663-2031
h.Cameron Route – May 29th at 2:00 p.m. Town Square on 3rd St. to Walmart parking lot
Contact: Keith Bentz, Crossroads Correctional Center, 816-632-2727
Region 2 (Kansas City Region)
a. Lee’s Summit Route – May 20 @ 10am
Lee’s Summit PD to Prairie View Elementary
Contact: Mark Wiesemann, LSPD, (816) 969-4260 or Amanda Geno, LSPD, (314) 724-0957
b.Platte County Route – May 28 @ Hwy 152 & I-435 on Hwy 152 @ 8:30am
Contact: Sgt. Greg Crader, Platte Co. Sheriff’s Dept., 816-719-9953
c.NEW LEG – Kansas City May 28 @ 9am
Summit Fair Shopping Center in Lee’s Summit to KCPD South Patrol Station
Contact: Amanda Geno, Lee’s Summit PD 314-724-0957
d.Clay County Route from Pleasant Valley Rd to 152 Hwy – May 28 @ 8:30am
Contact: Chris Smith, Gladstone PD 816-436-3550
Region 3 (SW Region)
a.Joplin Route – May 28 @ 32nd & Main – 8:00am
Contact: Jason Barchak, Joplin PD, 417-627-8880
b.Webb City Route – May 28 @ Pizza Hut @ 9:10am
Contact: Teague Braker, Webb City PD, 417-673-1911
c.Carthage – May 28 @ Central and Baker – 9:00am
Contact: Bill Barksdale, Carthage PD, 417-237-7200
d.Republic Route – May 28 @ 7:30am
Contact: Ernie Hughes, Republic PD, 417-793-3952
e.Lamar Route from Lamar East Primary School – May 28 @ 9am
Contact: Dennis Cornell, Lamar PD, 417-682-3546
f.Nevada Route start at radio station –May 25 9am
Contact: Brian Hansen, Nevada Police Dept., 417-684-3997
g.Springfield Route – May 28 @ US Hwy 60 – 9:30am
Contact: Mark Priebe, Springfield PD, 417-837-5863
h.Monett Route – May 28 – 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Jay Jastal, Monett PD, 417-489-5785
i.Springfield to Lebanon Route – tentative based on interest.
Contact Corporal Fugett, MSHP Troop D if interested, 417-326-9187
Region 4 (NE Region)
a.US 63 from Kirksville – May 28 @ the Adair Co. Courthouse – 8:00am
Contact: Lynn McClammroch, Dept. of Conservation – 660-665-3514
b.US 63 from Macon – May 28 @ Hardee’s – 11:00am
Contact: Nancy Brown, Troop B 660-415-7145
c.Brookfield Route - US 36 East from Brookfield – May 22 @ 8:30am
Contact: Nicole White, Brookfield PD, 660-258-3385
d.Moberly Route – May 28 – Orschlen Farm and Home – 1:00pm
Contact: Rebecca Riley, Moberly CC – 660-263-3778 ext 1216
e.Hannibal – May 29 @ Y-Men’s Pavilion Downtown –8:00am
Contact: Jennifer Grote, Hannibal PD, 573-231-2405
Region 5 (Central Region)
a.WERDCC Route– May 29 @ 7:30am
Contact: Mary Felgar, WERDCC, 573-594-6686 ext. 2746
b.Jefferson City - Gordon Barnes Memorial Route - May 30
9:30am – Meet at National Guard on Militia Drive
10:00am - Run starts
11:30am – Ceremony at the Capitol
Contact: Randy Werner, Jefferson City Police Dept., 573-291-9614
c.Final Leg in Columbia – May 31 @ Missouri Ave on MU Campus – 4:30pm
Final Leg Dinner at 6:15 pm
Opening Ceremonies 7:30-9:00pm
Contact: Jason McClintic, Columbia PD, 573-673-7221
a. Sullivan to Rolla– May 28 – Begin at Sullivan Walmart at 9:00am
and end at Rolla Kohl’s at 1:00pm
Contact: Steve Davis, MSHP Troop I, 573-368-2345
a. Licking to Cabool starting at MO 32 to MO 137 – May 28 @ 9am
9:45am north Houston city limits on US 63 to south Houston city limits
10:30 am north Cabool city limits on US 63 to Main St. to Hwy 181 to Business 60
Contact: Chief Jim McNiell, Houston Police Dept., 417-967-3348
Region 8 (St. Louis Region)
a. I-70 west – “Jeff Ottenad Route” – May 29
8:00am Program at Ameristar Casino
8:30am Run Begins
11:00am Arrive at O’Fallon Shop’n Save
Contact: Jim Moran, St. Louis Metro Police Dept., 314-706-2929
b. I-44 & Old US 66 Routes – May 29 - Through Eureka– 8:00am
Contact Lt Dave Wilson 636-236-8936
c. Jefferson County – Hillsboro Route – May 23 @ Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office HQ - 8:30am
Contact: Ernie Howell, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept., 636-797-5012
d. Bowling Green – May 29 @ Bowling Green High School Track – 9:00am
Contact: Travis Case, NECC, 573- 324-9975 or email@example.com
e. US 67 North from Madison Co line to Jefferson Co line – May 29 @ 6:00am
Contact: Chief Jim Bullock, Desloge PD, 573-431-1463
f. Central County Route at Shrewsbury Metrolink Station – May 23 @ 9:00am
Contact: Scott Barthelmass, Overland PD 314-565-2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
g. Warren County Route – May 23
10:30am – Run begins at Porlier Outdoor Sign Co in Foristell
12:30pm – Reception at Warrenton City Hall
Contact: Greg Houdyshell, Warrenton PD, 636-456-3535
Region 9 (SE Region)
a. US 60 East from Poplar Bluff – May 28 @ Bus 67 & Bus 60 – 9:00 am
Contact: Cpl. Dusty Johnson, Poplar Bluff Police Dept., 573-785-5776
b. Us 61 North from Sikeston – May 28 @ Walmart – 10:00 am
Contact: SRO Shane Washburn, Sikeston DPS., 573-380-2923
c. Cape Girardeau Route – May 28 @ I-55 & S. Kingshighway – 8:00am
Contact: Joey Hann, Cape Girardeau PD, 573-335-6621 Ext 1257
d. Kennett Route @ Hwy. 84 (Walmart) to Downtown – May 28 @ 1:00
Contact Sgt. Dennis Rainey, Missouri State Highway Patrol, 573-344-0833 or
e. Dexter Route, Bus 60 and Route AD (Walmart) to
Bus 60 and MO 25 – May 28 @ 10:00
Contact: Major Charles Sanders, Dexter Police Dept., 573-624-5512
Final Leg Schedule
Download a Final Leg Registration Form
Final Leg in Columbia - May 31 @ Missouri Ave on MU Campus - 4:30pm
Final Leg Dinner at 6:15pm
Opening Ceremonies 7:30-9:00pm
Contact: Jason McClinitic, Columbia PD by May 1, 573-673-7221
International Conference Qualifications for Orlando Florida
$5k net-agencies may send one delegate and SOMO will pay the $370 registration fee and transportation.
Lodging will be picked up by the individual or their agency.
$12k net-agencies may send first delegate and SOMO will pay the $370 registration fee, double-occupancy lodging and transportation.
$15k net – agencies may send an additional delegate and SOMO will pay the $370 registration fee, double-occupancy lodging and transportation.
For more information about the Special Olympics Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® please contact Susan Stegeman, Vice President, at 1-800-846-2682. To fundraise for us, download this event application.
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