Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

2014 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run
June 20 - 27 Statewide

Preparations are under way for the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio.  We anticipate that this year will be bigger and better than ever before as more agencies and officers are getting involved statewide.  This year over 2,000 officers will run or bike in one of six main arteries or one of several satellite community runs planned throughout the state.  The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

The 2014 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run Presented by The Kroger Company will take place June 20 - 27 across Ohio.  The officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” through over 150 communities, creating awareness of Special Olympics and raising funds for the program.  The Torch Run culminates in the Final Leg coming into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to pass the “Flame of Hope” to the Special Olympics athletes and signifies the official start to the Summer Games.

There are five main routes which originate in Athens, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, and Toledo and travel to Columbus. In addition there are several community satellite legs throughout the state as well. The Final Leg brings together officers from all parts of the state to carry the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games.  The Final Leg will leave the State Highway Patrol Academy at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27 and participants will run with the torch 3.2 miles to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. All route information can be found by clicking the link in the left column.

The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past nine years. Officers will be visiting 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.