Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR 40 years

Who We Are

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame®  law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. 

What We Do 

The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since inception, LETR has raised more than half a billion dollars and changed millions of attitudes worldwide.

Torch Run T-shirts

40th-anniversary Torch Run t-shirts

We ask for a $15 donation each to cover costs and provide athletes with shirts for free. Payment may be submitted to SOOR State Office by check or online here once shirts are received.


Unsung Heroes

Jeff Kaer, Portland (retired)
Rock Rakosi, Myrtle Point (retired)
Dala Johnson, Lebanon
Judy Macho, (retired)
Brian Frazzini, Salem
Kecia Weaver, Bend
Terry Wright, Tillamook (retired)
Dixon Andrews, (retired)
Chief Gross, (retired)
Joel Goodwin, Corvallis

Ken Davis Award Recipients

2020: Marsha McCorkhill, Coffee Creek Correctional
2019: Amy Bruner-Dehnert, Portland Police
2018: Tiffany Monroe, Springfield
2017: Jan Childers, Port of Portland
2016: Pam Ramsey, McMinnville
2015: Gwen Johns, Newberg-Dundee

Volunteer Spotlight: Tiffany Monroe

The Special Olympics Oregon Board is excited to welcome Tiffany Monroe, a Management Analyst for the Springfield Police Department and the new Chair for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Executive Council, as …

LETR – Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award recipient Marsha McCorkhill 

Each year, a special law enforcement volunteer is honored with the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award. The award is given annually to a member of …

National Police Week

We want all police officers in the state of Oregon to know just how much they mean to our organization.

LETR Plane Pull
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