The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Hampshire (LETR) is coming to a town near you! The Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating its 35th year and is a series of runs totaling more than 500 miles that carry the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games.
Each participating local law enforcement agency will run the Flame of Hope through their hometown and then pass it to the next agency. The Flame’s journey will end at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on June 7th where it will ignite the cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games, where 800 athletes from across New Hampshire will go for the gold in athletics, bocce, equestrian, powerlifting, sprint triathlon and swimming.
There are 28 different legs throughout the state of New Hampshire. Law enforcement officers will be carrying the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics New Hampshire through New Hampshire starting in Pittsburg on May 18th and ending in Durham for the State Summer Games on Friday, June 7th. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on their local law enforcement.
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run is more than just an event. It is a time for law enforcement to celebrate and honor our heroes – the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire,” said Law Enforcement Torch Run Leg Leader Mia Lyons. “If by carrying the ‘Flame of Hope’ across the state, we can show the athletes half the admiration and respect they show us, then we have accomplished our goal.”
Mary Conroy, president of SONH, said “the Torch Run is the culmination of many hours that members of Law Enforcement volunteer each year. For the last 35 of the 50 years that Special Olympics NH has been in existence, law enforcement has been part of the countless stories about the difference Special Olympics makes in the lives of athletes, their families, volunteers and the general public. It is symbolic of the commitment and dedication that New Hampshire Law Enforcement has for our athletes and something we look forward to each and every year.”
For more information regarding your local leg, visit Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support Special Olympics. The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.
About Special Olympics New Hampshire
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is an accredited program of Special Olympics International (SOI) and is part of an international global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Learn more at www.sonh.org.