Baltimore County Police Department to participate in 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run on Thursday

TOWSON, MD—The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Maryland will take place later this week, and the Baltimore County Police Department will once again be participating.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

This will mark the 38th year that Baltimore County police officers and Special Olympics athletes have joined in supporting the annual fundraiser. During the event, the Special Olympics torch will be carried by both police officers and Special Olympics athletes.

Around 50 to 75 runners will line up for the three-mile run that starts and ends at the Public Safety Building in Towson.

The Baltimore County Police Department has raised thousands of dollars over the years to support Special Olympics Maryland.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.


    LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization.” With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

    The Final Leg team carries the torch throughout California en route to the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.


    Law enforcement officers have been raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics for over 35 years.

    Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

    Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. These platforms include: Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since the beginning, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs.

    As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started in 1981...as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.” LETR is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities. Through the LETR and Special Olympics partnership we are lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion.

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