Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

Save the dates: June 18 - 24, 2016 

Click here to see photos from the 2015 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run


Plans are underway for the 2016 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run when, once again, more than 2,000 officers will run or bike one of five main arteries or  several satellite community routes throughout the state. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

The 2015 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run, presented by The Kroger Company, raised over $80,000 for Special Olympics Ohio's athletes. Officers carried the “Flame of Hope” through 150 communities, raising awareness and funds along the way. The Torch Run culmintated in the Final Leg on Friday, June 26, 2015 as hundreds of officers on foot, bikes, horseback, mpotorcycles, in cruisers, and even a helicopter carried the torch into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University to pass the “Flame of Hope” to Special Olympics athletes during Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.  
The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past eleven years. Officers visit Kroger stores as they travel to Columbus on their respective routes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Ohio. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Ohio, along with providing officers visibility while giving back to their respective communities. 

The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio and the Ohio Association of Chief's of Police.

It is More Than Just A Run

Involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run unites departments and agencies throughout the state and extends beyond the annual run. Each year officers participate and organize events such as Polar Plunges, Building Sits, Plane Pulls and other special events throughout the year. All of these events generate additional funds for Special Olympics Ohio.

For more information on the Torch Run please contact Paige Ludwig at pludwig@sooh.org or at 614.239.7050.