Torch Runs

by | Jul 20, 2016 |


Since its inception in Wichita, many more Kansas Law Enforcement agencies have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR). This run turned fundraising campaign raises more than just thousands of dollars for Special Olympics.

In late April, the highlight of the Torch Run season begins when the Flame of Hope travels from all corners of the state throughout the month of May to the State Summer Games in Wichita. Officers from many different agencies escort the Flame of Hope on assigned legs throughout their local communities. The “Final Leg” is the culmination of the run, from Wichita City Hall to the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games at Wichita State University. The Most Inspirational Athlete of the preceding year carries the Torch into the stadium escorted by the officers and together they light the cauldron to open the State Summer Games. Officers award medals throughout the three days of competition.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run ® gives officers, athletes and the community the opportunity to come together for a superior cause. Whether inspired to volunteer, donate or participate, they are be confident knowing they are supporting the Special Olympics Kansas mission to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be an athlete… and more… through acceptance, inclusion, physical fitness, health and nutrition programs, and leadership development. – Together we will achieve.

Fort Riley Torch Runners

Torch Run Season is Now Here!

All members of law enforcement (city, county, state, & federal) are encouraged to register for the Torch Run in their local community!  Each runner is asked to raise at least $50 to support the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas and will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Sponsorship of runners is encouraged.

Online registrations and donations can be solicited online through this webpage.Offline registrations and donations can be done by downloading and completing the waiver and sending it, along with the donations, to the address on the bottom or by giving them to your agency coordinator.


Don’t see a torch Run in your town/county?  Contact Luke and let’s carry the FLAME OF HOPE through your community. To get started,
review the Leg Coordinator’s checklist, then download this registration form, complete it and send it to SOKS.



Run Route Contact Person Contact Information Date
Andover Troy Snedeker June 2
Atwood Greg Jones 785.626.3833
Augusta Danny Strobbe June 2
Coffey County Jeremy Lind May 31
Colby Luke Schulte
Dodge City Jeff Mooradian 620.227.8126 Apr
El Dorado to Wichita Luke Grimes June
Ellsworth to Salina Brad Hansen May
Emporia to El Dorado John Koelsch May 31-Jun1
Final Leg Sedgwick County Luke Schulte June 2
Fort Riley On Base Brett Payne June 1
Garden City Gary Kuenstler
Goodland Joni Showalter
Great Bend Heather Smith June
Greenwood County H. Samuels June 1
Haskell County Derrick Ploutz May 18
Haysville Justin Jacks May 31
Hoxie Brian Diercks 785.675.3291
Hutchinson-Reno County Andrew Soule May 18
Junction City Matt Paquette June 1
Kansas City Kansas Mark Bundy May 30
Larned to Great Bend James Graham May 31
Lawrence to Ottawa Doug Woods May 30
Leavenworth to Lansing Maj. Sherley June 9
Manhattan to Ft. Riley Jessie Erhlich  June
McConnell AFB – Wichita Teresa Coronado June
McPherson Ryan Sherwood June 2
Oakley Dustin Shellito
Olathe to KCK Adam Taylor May 30
Ottawa to Beto Junction Larabe Alexander May 31
Pittsburg Chris Moore
Plainville Troy Rudman 785.434.2841
Pottawatomie County Stefanie Spade June
Rice County Marcos Guerrero June
Saline County Scott Trembley May 24
Stockton Gary Knight 785.425.6312
Topeka Kristi Powell May 31
Winfield to Wichita Shawn Love Jun