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by | Jul 1, 2016 |

First to Carry the Torch and Still Lighting the Way!

The Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating 35 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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Positions are Open on the LETR Executive Council.

The Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run® Council is an important board that provides guidance, resources, and oversight to the overall Law Enforcement Torch Run movement. It is essential that qualified and enthusiastic individuals are involved and provided the opportunity to lead on the Council. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit applications to serve on the board. Click here for more information and to download the application.   All applications must be submitted via email to and received no later than 5:00 PM, CST, Monday, November 20, 2017.

LETR in the News

Current Edition of the Guardian

Kansas Trooper Spring 2017 Article

Merriam Police Officer represents LETR at the FInal Leg in Austria

Over $16,000 was raised by Overland Park Police Department and FOP Lodge #21 at this year’s annual Shoot for the Gold event. Officers stopped by the Headquarters office in Mission to present the check to John Lair, SOKS President/CEO

Contact Us

Vice President of Development & LETR
Luke Schulte

Kansas State Director
Jeff Bragg

Special Olympics Kansas Contacts
Chris Hahn
President & CEO
913-236-9290 x. 104

Mitch Guthrie
Director of Development

Kate Buenger
Director of Development
913-236-9290 x. 107

Past State Directors

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Thank you to our
Guardians of the Flame

Salute the BadgeTOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Topeka Police Det. Kristi Powell is inspired by the elements, powell-kristi-ksespecially the hot fire of the Special Olympics torch and the freezing water of the organization’s signature fundraiser, the Polar Plunge.
“She makes me smile whenever I see her and she always has those warm smiles whenever she sees all of us athletes in Kansas.” (Bekah Henderson, Topeka Athlete)
Click here to read more about Kristi’s decade and a half supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas, from being there for the athletes, to taking the Plunge to Running the Final Leg at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Kristi also received the Richard LaMunyon Award for Outstanding Service to Special Olympics Kansas

Kristi had the honor of Opening the 2017 Summer Games with Most Inspirational Athlete of the 2016 Summer Games, Leora Kennedy, and new President/CEO John Lair.

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.

To Register your Agency today – download the registration form here

Click here to view current LETR events.

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

Final Leg Runners with Most Inspirational Athlete Dustin Gunter at the 2016 Summer Games