Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

31st Annual Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run - The Tradition Continues

June 15 - 23, 2017

Due to weather conditions Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics Ohio's State Summer Games as well as the Final Leg of the 2017 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run are cancelled.

Click To Register for the 2017 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

This year marks the 31st year of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  On the original Torch Run a few dozen officers ran two routes from Cincinnati and Toledo to Columbus for the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games.  This year over 2,000 officers will run or bike in one of five main leg routes 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 2017 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run Presented by The Kroger Company will take place June 15 – 23rd 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 Ohio 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.
    The Final Leg will meet at the State Highway Patrol Academy at 6 p.m. on June 23 and travel 3.2 miles to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies.  The officers will carry the torch into the stadium and pass the torch to Special Olympics athletes who will light the cauldron to signify the official start of the Games.  All route information with locations and times are available on the left sidebar.

The Kroger Company has generously served as the Presenting Sponsor for the Torch Run for the past 12 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 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 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run please contact Paige Ludwig at
pludwig@sooh.org or at 614.239.7050.


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