The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is a community-building organization that promotes and empowers New Mexico law enforcement agencies to raise awareness and funds year-round for Special Olympics New Mexico – while providing opportunities, encouragement, and hope to SONM athletes and families in the process.
Our officer-led Torch Run Program for Special Olympics New Mexico offers LETR Agencies (i.e. law enforcement officers and their families) a fun and rewarding experience leading fundraising activities with and for local SONM athletes and their families.
LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with their communities and Special Olympics, by running the torch in intra-state relays that converge at their local Summer Games. The LETR was quickly endorsed by Special Olympics Inc (SOI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the Founding Law Enforcement Organization. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2016, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.