Law Enforcement Torch Run
Missouri LETR moves up in the world!
At the 2015 International LETR Conference, we learned that Missouri ranked No. 6 in the WORLD in terms of funds raised! This is after several years residing at No. 7. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this happen! Click here for a full listing of the top 10 programs.
Torch Club Agencies
Torch Run Forms
John Michael Letz Award Winners
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began 31 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
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. 2015 represents the 30th 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 16,500 athletes across the state.
Many agencies hold special events like Tip-A-Cops, 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. Our three statewide signature events are all LETR projects. They are hosted and planned by Law Enforcement agencies for their charity of choice - Special Olympics Missouri! These events are: Polar Plunges, Over the Edge, and Drive it Home Raffle.
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. It's easy and it can help you reach Torch Club status. Order forms can be found at www.somo.org/trforms. Orders are placed every Thursday.
Short Sleeve T-shirt
Long Sleeve T-shirt
Over the past 30 years, Missouri Law Enforcement agencies have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR). This run turned fundraising campaign raises more than just thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Missouri. “It truly inspires you,” says Lieutenant Steve Davis of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop I. Davis, an LETR participant for over 17 years, states that being involved with the run has become a true passion and is a charity unlike any other. His favorite memory, like many other officers, involves placing the medals around the athletes’ necks. For him, this memory changes into a reoccurring reality at the Spring Games in Waynesville, MO. Davis enjoys the local atmosphere and support his agency receives from the community. “It is one of the most exciting and rewarding feelings.”
Besides running hundreds of miles through the Show-Me state, officers volunteer at the Special Olympics competitions and participate in fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the organization. Corporal Jeff Fugett (Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D), volunteered to be on set-up crew for the Summer Games in Columbia at the University of Missouri. He also participated in the Final Leg of the LETR. Like Davis, Jeff believes in the vision of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. “To actually see the excitement we give the athletes makes us all very happy and appreciative. It takes everything I have not to tear up. This is why we do it. So they can experience something they normally couldn’t.” Major Tim Goebel, with Missouri Department of Corrections, feels the same way, “I do it to see the look on the athlete’s face when they receive a medal, there is nothing like it. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to bring pride and joy to
The Law Enforcement Torch Run ® gives officers, athletes and the community the opportunity to come together for a superior cause. Whether one is
inspired to volunteer, donate or participate, they can be confident knowing they are supporting the Special Olympics’ mission statement by “giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Back the Badge Sponsors:
Torch Club Agencies
Congrats to the LETR agencies who will be listed on the backs of the 2016 LETR T-shirts. Thank you for your hard work to raise at least $1,000 between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015!
Algoa Correctional Center
Boonville Correctional Center
Bellefontaine Neighbors PD
BNSF Railway Police
Cape Girardeau PD
Cass County Sherriff’s Dept.
Chillicothe Correctional Center
Cole County Sherriff’s Dept.
Crossroads Correctional Center
Cremer Therapeutic Community Center
Daviess County Sherriff’s Dept.
DEA St. Louis
Des Peres PD
Eastern Reception Diagnostic & Correctional Center
Farmington Correctional Center
Franklin County Sherriff’s Dept.
Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center
Jackson County Sherriff’s Dept.
Jefferson City Correctional Center
Jefferson City PD
Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy
Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office
KCI Airport Police
Kansas City PD
Lee’s Summit PD
Lake St Louis PD
Maryland Heights PD
Moberly Correctional Center
MO Eastern Correctional Center
Military Police Fort Leonard Wood
MO Dept. of Conservation
MO National Guard
MO Park Rangers
MO Univ. of Science & Technology Police Dept.
MSHP - GHQ
MSHP - Troop A
MSHP - Troop B
MSHP - Troop C
MSHP - Troop D
MSHP - Troop E
MSHP - Troop G
MSHP - Troop H
MSHP - Troop I
Maryville Treatment Center
Northeast Correctional Center
Oak Grove PD
Osage Beach Police Dept.
Perry Co Sheriff's Dept.
Platte County Sherriff’s Dept.
Pleasant Valley PD
Potosi Correctional Center
Pulaski County Sherriff’s Dept.
Richmond Heights PD
South Central Correctional Center
Southeast Correctional Center
STL Community Release Center
St Louis University DPS
St James PD
St Joseph City PD
St. Ann PD
St. Charles County Police Dept.
St. Charles Co Sheriff's Dept.
St. Charles PD
St. John PD
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
St. Louis County PD
St. Louis Metro PD
St. Peters PD
Tipton Correctional Center
Town and Country PD
Truman State DPS
Webster Groves PD
Women's Eastern Rec. & Diag. Correctional Center
Western MO Correctional Center
Western Rec. & Diagnostic Correctional Center
Wright City PD
For more information about the Special Olympics Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® please contact Susan Stegeman - Vice President, or Crystal Schuster - Development Manager at 573-635-1660 . To fundraise for us, download this event application.
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