Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Torch Run Logo.jpgThe Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle 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.

2016 Recap
On Sunday, June 5, 2016 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. 

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.

This year, as opposed to 2015, the weather was fantastic.

“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. 

We hope you enjoy these pictures from the 2016 Torch Run:


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 20, 2016, VHPD officers were on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts at the Cops on Rooftop event and raised over $2,300.00 for the Special Olympics as well. The 2017 Cops on Rooftop will be held on Friday, May 19.