First to Carry the Torch and Still Lighting the Way!

The Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating 39 years of lighting the way for Special Olympics Kansas athletes!

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It started with ONE agency, SIX runners and $20,000 in Kansas, and now has 85,000 officers and has raised over $500 million dollars for Special Olympics in 43 countries. Law Enforcement Officers around the world serve as Guardians of the Flame ensuring that the Flame of Hope is delivered to the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies for local, state, national and world games around the world.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a world-wide grassroots movement that raises awareness and millions of dollars for Special Olympics athletes. It started in Kansas, in 1979, simply by asking a police chief to attend an event. Police Chief Richard LaMunyon observed that Special Olympics transcended all boundaries—race, economic, and social status and mirrored the daily interactions of law enforcement. LaMunyon saw the similarities as an ideal match for his department to support and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Vice President of Development & LETR
Luke Schulte

Kansas State Director
Chris Moore

Special Olympics Kansas Contacts
John Lair
President & CEO
913-236-9290 x. 104

Mitch Guthrie
Director of Development

Cougar Gray
Special Events Coordinator
913-236-9290 x. 106

Erin Fletcher
Director of Grants and Development

Executive Council 2018

Past State Directors

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Thank you to our
Guardians of the Flame

Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council

Christopher Moore, Pittsburg PD, is the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run State Director.  His term began January 1, 2018, and runs through December 31, 2020.  “I’m very honored to serve as the State Director,” said Moore.  “We will continue our growth in both revenue and agency involvement so each Special Olympics Kansas athlete across Kansas is able to be included in their hometowns.” 

Click HERE for the list of current members on the KS LETR Executive Council.

Want to Get Involved?

Besides running hundreds of miles through Kansas and awarding medals at Special Olympics competitions, officers participate in fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the organization.  Click on the link to find your Regional Coordinator.

To Register your Agency today – download the registration form here

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Become a Partner

The Torch Run is successful because of the generosity of Law Enforcement Agencies, businesses and individuals throughout Kansas. Kansas LETR has raised over $6 million for Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS). Download the LETR Sponsorship Brochure and learn how you can become involved.

Final Leg Runner and 2015 Most Inspirational Athlete Dustin Gunter at 2016 Summer Games