Each year, hundreds of Oklahoma law enforcement employees organize and participate in the Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Torch Run is a series of relay runs leading up to the Special Olympics Oklahoma Summer Games. Runners carry the Torch from all corners of the state and meet up in Stillwater. The culmination of the run is at the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, where the torch bearers bring the “Flame of Hope” into the ceremonies to light the Summer Games cauldron
Oklahoma’s annual Torch Run is not only a symbolic relay, it is also a fundraising opportunity for Special Olympics Oklahoma. Runners are encouraged to collect pledges from family and friends for their participation in the event. Your pledges are a great way to encourage the runner and also raise money for the Special Olympics athletes.
Torch Runs are also carried out on an international level. Every two years, Oklahoma sends a delegate to run in the Final Leg of the Special Olympics World Games. Our delegate joins runners from each of the 50 states and from 46 other countries.
Each year in January, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Committee hosts the annual kick-off luncheon. Law enforcement officers and employees from agencies around the state attend this luncheon. Attendees are treated to lunch and given awards for their agencies. The luncheon also serves as a springboard into the new year’s events. The luncheon is open to any officer or employee of any agency in Oklahoma interested in attending.
If your agency is interested in getting involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Oklahoma, please contact Kylie Vanderslice.