Law Enforcement Torch Run

Missouri LETR world ranking!

At the 2019 International LETR Conference, we learned that Missouri ranked No. 6 in the WORLD in terms of funds raised! 

2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run - Virtual Run

Remember the Virtual Torch Run? Well thanks to 271 participants and more than 600 donors, you raised more than $20,000 for our athletes! Thank you so much!

And thanks to everyone who submitted photos of them taking part in run/walk/roll.



LETR Supports the Training for Life Campus

The state-of-the-art facility will feature an LETR Plaza. 


Quick Links: 

March 2020 eNewsletter
Torch Club Agencies
Torch Run Forms
John Michael Letz Award Winners
More information

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began 38 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 42 countries around the world. The event raises more than $60 million annually and recruits more than 90,000 law enforcement officers from all over the world.

Missouri's Torch Run

Casey's General Stores is a LETR Statewide Partner.  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 an 11-day relay covering more than 950 miles with more than 2,500 runners. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games.  2020 represents the 34th year that Missouri Law enforcement officers have supported SOMO and in May, officers will participate in the 35 annual Torch Run across the state.

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. There are 141 agencies and 5,000 officers working 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 Tip-A-Cops, motorcycle events, golf tournaments and trivia nights. Partners like Casey's General Stores 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. 

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  Orders are placed every Thursday. 

We've also got an online store full of all kinds of SOMO and LETR apparell!

Short Sleeve T-shirt

$15 YM-2XL
$20 3XL-6XL

Short-sleeved shirt

Long Sleeve T-shirt

$20 S-3XL

Long-sleeved shirt

LETR 2020
Over the past 34 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.  Sgt. 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.”




Torch Club Agencies

Congrats to the LETR agencies who will be listed on the backs of the 2020 LETR T-shirts. Thank you for your hard work to raise at least $1,000 between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019!  

Algoa Correctional Center
Arnold PD
Ballwin PD
Belton PD
Blue Springs PD
BNSF Railway Police
Boonville Correctional Center
Brentwood PD
Bridgeton PD
Buchanan County Sheriff's Dept.
Callaway County Sheriff's Dept.
Camdenton PD
Cape Girardeau PD
Capitol Police
Chillicothe Correctional Center
Chesterfield PD
Clay County Sheriff's Dept.
Clayton PD
Cole County Sherriff’s Dept.
Columbia PD
Cottleville PD
Cremer Therapeutic Community Center
Crestwood PD
Creve Coeur PD
DEA St. Louis
Des Peres PD
Desloge PD
Eastern Reception Diagnostic & Correctional Center
Eureka PD
Farmington Correctional Center
Festus PD
Florissant PD
Gladstone PD
Glendale PD
Grandview PD
Hazelwood PD
Independence PD
Jefferson City Correctional Center
Jefferson City PD
Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy
Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office
Joplin PD
KC Univ. - Safety & Emergency Management
Kansas City PD
Kirksville PD
Kirkwood PD
Lake St Louis PD
Lee’s Summit PD
Liberty PD
Lincoln County Sheriff's Dept.
Manchester PD
Maplewood PD
Maryland Heights PD
Maryville Treatment Center
Military Police Fort Leonard Wood
MO Dept. of Conservation
MO DPS - Public Safety Dir. Office
MO Eastern Correctional Center
MO National Guard
MO Park Rangers
Moberly Correctional Center
Moscow Mills PD
MSHP - Troop A
MSHP - Troop B
MSHP - Troop C
MSHP - Troop D
MSHP - Troop E
MSHP - Troop F
MSHP - Troop G
MSHP - Troop I
Nevada PD
Northeast Correctional Center
Oak Grove PD
O'Fallon PD
Olivette PD
Osage Beach Police Dept.
Overland PD
Perry Co Sheriff's Dept.
Platte County Sherriff’s Dept.
Platte Woods PD
Pulaski County Sherriff’s Dept.
Richmond Heights PD
Riverside PD
Rolla PD
Sedalia PD
Seneca PD
South Central Correctional Center
Springfield PD
Springfield Schools PD
St. Charles County Police Dept.
St. Charles Co Sheriff's Dept.
St. Charles PD
St. James PD
St. John PD
St. Joseph City PD
St. Louis County Park Rangers
St. Louis County PD
St. Louis Metro PD
St. Louis University DPS
St. Peters PD
Tipton Correctional Center
Town and Country PD
Truman State DPS
Warrenton PD
Washington PD
Weatherby Lake PD
Webster Groves PD
Wentzville PD
Western MO Correctional Center
Western Rec. & Diagnostic Correctional Center
Women's Eastern Rec. & Diag. Correctional Center

More Information

For more information about the Special Olympics Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run® please contact Crystal Schuster - Development Director at 573-635-1660. To fundraise for us, download this event application.

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