Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraisingvehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL). The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $39 million over 30 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

2017 Recap


On Sunday, June 4, 2017 members of the Vernon Hills Police Department (and others) joined representatives from law enforcement agencies across Illinois in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. (Photos below)

There are twenty-three legs of the Torch Run throughout the state.  The eighth leg started in Gurnee at 6:30 a.m.  Shortly after 8:00 am, Vernon Hills runners took the torch at the intersection of Routes 21 & 60.  They ran south approximately three miles to Route 22, where the torch was handed off for the next section of the trip.  The journey ended approximately 31 miles south in Lincolnwood, after joining up with another leg of the run in Niles.

The weather, although a bit warm and humid, sure could have been a lot worse.

“We’re proud to once again participate in this worthwhile endeavor,” said Mark Fleischhauer, Chief of Police.  “Running a few miles to raise money is a small sacrifice to make for the athletes who take part in the Special Olympics.” 

Anyone who would like to learn more about the Torch Run can contact Detective Rebecca Foy at (847) 362-4449.

Other SOILL Fund-Raisers


Several members of the VHPD and family members raised $1.275.00 for Special Olympics Illinois, by participating in the Polar Plunge on February 26, 2017.

On May 19, 2017, VHPD officers were on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts at the Cops on Rooftop event and raised $2,220.00 for the Special Olympics as well.

Team Vernon Hills

Running Group

Mile One

One Mile Mark

Mile Two

Two Mile Mark