Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics


The 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). Since 1986 the  LETR  has raised nearly $51 million while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

2018 Recap

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 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)

The gray, drizzly, foggy weather didn't deter our group from their mission. In fact, this year's run was especially memorable as we were joined by five Special Olympians.

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.

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

Other SOILL Fund-Raisers

Six representatives of VHPD raised $850.00 for Special Olympics Illinois, by participating in the Polar Plunge on February 18, 2018. The 2019 Polar Lunge was cancelled due to high winds. Click here to learn more about the Polar Plunge.

On May 17, 2019, VHPD officers were on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts at the Cops on Rooftop event and raised $2,440.18 for the Special Olympics as well.

Getting ready.

Group Start
Group Running 2
Special Olympian with Torch
Group Running 1
Group Running 3

The Special Olympians that joined us.

Special Olympians