Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

30th Annual Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

June 16 - 24, 2016

The 2016 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run presented by The Kroger Company definitely epitomized the phrase “30 Years Strong!” For the thirtieth year in a row, more than 2,000 of the Buckeye State’s finest law enforcement representatives carried the Flame of Hope through more than 150 communities, creating awareness of Special Olympics and raising more than $80,000 for Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes.

The Torch Run’s Final Leg culminated with hundreds of Guardians of the Flame from all over the state running, bicycling, riding motorcycles, on horseback and even in a helicopter to pass the Flame of Hope to Special Olympics athletes at Opening Ceremonies of the Ohio State Summer Games. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio. 

Thanks to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for creating and sharing this wonderful video tribute to the Final Leg.

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 Chiefs 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.


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