KANSAS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
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.
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.
RUN ROUTES ARE DUE TO LUKE SCHULTE, firstname.lastname@example.org, BY MAY 1ST.
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.
CURRENT PARTICIPATING AGENCIES AND RUN ROUTE
|Run Route||Contact Person||Contact Information||Date|
|Andover||Troy Snedekeremail@example.com||June 2|
|Augusta||Danny Strobbefirstname.lastname@example.org||June 2|
|Coffey County||Jeremy Lindemail@example.com||May 31|
|Dodge City||Jeff Mooradian||620.227.8126||Apr|
|El Dorado to Wichita||Luke Grimesfirstname.lastname@example.org||June|
|Ellsworth to Salina||Brad Hansenemail@example.com||May|
|Emporia to El Dorado||John Koelschfirstname.lastname@example.org||May 31-Jun1|
|Final Leg Sedgwick County||Luke Schulteemail@example.com||June 2|
|Fort Riley On Base||Brett Paynefirstname.lastname@example.org||June 1|
|Garden City||Gary Kuenstleremail@example.com|
|Great Bend||Heather Smithfirstname.lastname@example.org||June|
|Greenwood County||H. Samuelsemail@example.com||June 1|
|Haskell County||Derrick Ploutzfirstname.lastname@example.org||May 18|
|Haysville||Justin Jacksemail@example.com||May 31|
|Hutchinson-Reno County||Andrew Soule||Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org||May 18|
|Junction City||Matt Paquette||Matt.Paquette@jcks.com||June 1|
|Kansas City Kansas||Mark Bundyemail@example.com||May 30|
|Larned to Great Bend||James Graham||James.firstname.lastname@example.org||May 31|
|Lawrence to Ottawa||Doug Woodsemail@example.com||May 30|
|Leavenworth to Lansing||Maj. Sherleyfirstname.lastname@example.org||June 9|
|Manhattan to Ft. Riley||Jessie Erhlichemail@example.com||June|
|McConnell AFB – Wichita||Teresa Coronadofirstname.lastname@example.org||June|
|McPherson||Ryan Sherwoodemail@example.com||June 2|
|Olathe to KCK||Adam Taylorfirstname.lastname@example.org||May 30|
|Ottawa to Beto Junction||Larabe Alexander||Lalexander@ottawapd.org||May 31|
|Pottawatomie County||Stefanie Spadeemail@example.com||June|
|Rice County||Marcos Guerrero||MGuerrero@rcsoks.org||June|
|Saline County||Scott Trembley||Scott.Trembley@saline.org||May 24|
|Topeka||Kristi Powellfirstname.lastname@example.org||May 31|
|Winfield to Wichita||Shawn Loveemail@example.com||Jun|