It is expected that 950 officers from over 95 agencies will carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout 30 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a series of statewide runs which will travel approximately 1500 miles throughout the state. Law Enforcement Officers, along with Brayden Hugunin of Burlington, Most Inspirational Athlete of 2013, will light the cauldron to officially open the Summer Games in front of over 3,000 athletes, coaches and fans of Special Olympics on June 6
Locally, the Lindsborg toMcPherson leg of the run will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014. Runners will start at 9:00 a.m. in Lindsborg. Runners will head down Main Street and continue towards McPherson and on to the Plaza at Main and Marlin.
At 10:00 a.m. there will be a ceremony at Plaza. At 10:15 a.m., runners will leave for Moundridge Police Department, then they will run ¼ mile to the McPherson/Harvey County Line on US 81 where they will hand off the torch at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981 with six runners and has grown to an international program that involves thousands of Law Enforcement personnel raising millions of dollars annually to benefit Special Olympics programs in the United States and abroad.
Ed Pavey, Director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is the Honorary Chair of the Law Enforcement Torch Run which is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. Officers volunteer hundreds of hours each year and in 2013 raised $451,482.00 in support of Special Olympics Kansas programs. This remarkable feat was accomplished by holding events and fundraising through the statewide torch run, special event fundraisers (i.e. Polar Plunge, truck convoy), sponsorships and donations. Kalmar Industries & Amerigroup Kansas are Guardians of the Flame.
Complete details of times and routes are available on www.kansastorchrun.org or contact Todd Martens 620.245.1203. You can support the Torch Run by making a secure donation online at www.kansastorchrun.org or contact Jana Fornelli at 913.236.9290 x 107.