Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run - 30 Years Strong

30th Annual Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

June 16 - 24, 2016




Plans are underway for the 30th
anniversary of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run. Once again more than 1,200 officers will run, walk, or bike several main or satellite routes throughout the state. The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

Law Enforcement officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” through 150 communities in Ohio, raising awareness and funds along the way. Specific Torch Run routes and schedules are available to download on the left. The Torch Run culmintates in the Final Leg on Friday, June 24, 2016.  Officers meet at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy and travel a 3.2 mile route to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium  to pass the “Flame of Hope” to Special Olympics athletes during Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.  
The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past 12 years. Officers will 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 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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