Law Enforcement Torch Run Events

The Law EnforcLETR Mark Mass.ement Torch Run program is one of the most important year-round fundraising initiatives supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Officers from the around the state are constantly organizing events to support their local athletes, by taking part in already established fundraisers, as well as creating new and inventive ways to help support Special Olympics Massachusetts within their community.

Here are some of the most popular events happening around the state:


Tip a Cop

Tip-A-Cop is a fun event where officers act as celebrity wait staff working for “tips” that are donations. If you know a local restaurant that would host you and a few of your fellow officers, then you already have most of the work done. We have all the promotional materials you will need. It’s a great way to not only raise money, but work with your community, highlighting your department’s community involvement. These events typically get great press coverage.

Upcoming Tip-a-Cops

Applebee’s – Thursday, October 10th 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Applebee’s is a proud supporter of Special Olympics all throughout New England. Throughout the month of September, Applebee’s in Chelmsford, Haverhill, Leominster, Saugus, Tewksbury, and Woburn will be bringing in additional donations through raffle and icon sales. Then, on October 10th, local police departments will join forces to serve you for the night during a fantastic night of Tip-a-Cops! If you are interested in participating, please reach out to torchrun@specialolympicsma.org.

If you’d like to start one in your own community please contact us at TorchRun@SpecialOlympicsMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 256

Tip-A-Cop Handbook

British Beer Company & Falmouth Police Department Tip-A-Cop video highlight (credit to: Falmouth Community TV)

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office Run Around the Jail 5k - Sept. 14, 2019

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Run Around the Jail 5k – September 14, 2019

Join Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the first Run Around the Jail 5k on Saturday, September 14th! Civilians, Special Olympics athletes, and Law Enforcement are encouraged to come out for this 5k to raise money for Special Olympics MA athletes! Pre-registered runners, walkers, and SOMA athletes pay $25 for the race or $30 day of. Pre-registered children 12 and under pay $10 for the race of $15 day of. There will be awards for the top finishers, raffle prizes, and t-shirts for the first 100 participants!

Register Here!

For any questions or information contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x225

Berkshire County Humvee Push - October 5, 2019

The Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department hosts their annual Humvee Push to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. Teams of 5 will fundraise $100 or more and take turns pushing the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office Humvee 40 yards down and back. Trophies will be awarded to the team with the fastest time.


Register for the 2019 Berkshire Humvee Push

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

Truck Pulls: Fall 2019

Truck pull.It’s the most common thought that runs through all of our minds: how fast can I and up to nine of my friends pull a truck 25 feet?

*Combined for 2019* Mansfield/Humboldt Truck Pull – October 19, 2019
This year, the Humboldt and Mansfield Truck Pulls have combined into one at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield. We are so excited to welcome groups from both events for an awesome Truck Pull this October!

Join us 2019 to see how fast you and your team can pull a box truck, ambulance and a fire truck! Teams of 10 fundraise $500 or more and pull a full-sized tractor-trailer, a box truck, an ambulance and a fire engine. The event also features a Touch-a-Truck and classic car show.

Register for the 2019 Mansfield/Humboldt Truck Pull

For questions about any of the Truck Pulls, please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

Peabody Holiday Torch Run - December 8, 2019

LETR Peabody Holiday Torch Run – Analogic Corporation

Thank you to all the brave souls who weathered the rain and came out to support the event! We ended up raising over $43,000! See you in 2019!

Get in the spirit with Special Olympics Massachusetts this holiday season by participating in the Peabody Holiday Torch Run, hosted by the Peabody Police Department, Middleton Police Department, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run program. Join us to run or walk and help raise money benefiting local Special Olympics athletes. This is an officially timed 5k, so you can come for some fun or come to compete! Bring your friends and family, walk, run and dress for the occasion! Don’t forget to enter our costume contest on race morning near registration!

2018 Photos

Register for the 2019 Peabody Holiday Torch Run

For any questions or information please contact: MeghanONeil@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x258

Polar Plunge®

Polar plunge people jumping into cold water.Take the Plunge into icy cold waters this winter to help provide over 12,500 athletes with an opportunity to participate in sports training and competition programs that help them live longer, happier, healthier lives. Each plunger will commit to raise at least $100 to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the state. Whether supporting a local program or raising money for general donations, every dollar you have raised directly supports year-round sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Massachusetts.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges

Thank you for another fantastic winter season of polar plunges! We are so lucky to have so many brrrrave souls who pledged to take the plunge and fundraise for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Registration opens October 8th!

2019 Tabor Academy Polar Plunge  – December 15th, 2019

2020 LETR Natick Passion Plunge – February 8th, 2020

2020 LETR Polar Plunge Marlborough – February 15th, 2020

2020 Exhibit A Brewery Polar Plunge – March 7th, 2020

2020 LETR Sharon Polar Plunge – February 29th, 2020

2020 Nantasket Polar Plunge – February 29th, 2020

2020 LETR Revere Polar Plunge – March, 2020

2020 Attleboro Polar Plunge – March, 2020

2020 Pittsfield Super Plunge and Poultry Plunge- March 28th-29th, 2020

2020 LETR New Bedford Polar Plunge – March 21st, 2020

2020 LETR Littleton Polar Plunge  – April, 2020

For questions about any of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges, please contact: polarplunge@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256


Cop-on-top.Cop-on-Top events have been some of our biggest fundraisers to date. The basic concept is, you pick a retail store with high foot traffic (such as Walmart, Target, local grocery store, etc. — bonus points if it is in a shopping plaza!) and set a monetary goal.

You then put a couple of cops on the roof of the building and collect donations from people coming in and out of the store, to get the cops down (or keep them up!). These events can include some really creative and exciting elements. It’s all up to the group to decide how they want to make it fun and exciting!

The event is 1-2 days long, typically raising between $5,000 and $10,000, and in some instances even $50,000!

Winter Cop-on-Top Fundraisers:

North Adams Cop-on-Top: November 9th

Time: 10:00 – 2:00 PM

Location: Walmart Supercenter, 1415 Curran Memorial Highway, North Adams, MA

Pittsfield Cop-on-Top: December 7th-8th

Time: 9:00 AM until the goal is hit!

Location: Walmart – 555 Hubbard Ave #12, Pittsfield MA

Chicopee Cop-on-Top

Time: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location: Walmart, 591 Memorial Drive, Chicopee MA

Ware Cop-on-Top – Winter TBD

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

A Recap on the Cape Cod Torch Run and Summer Games

Opening Ceremony 2017

Final Leg into the 2019 Summer Games – June 7, 2019

Are you part of a law enforcement academy or an active law enforcement member? We’re seeking law enforcement academies and officers to carry the Flame of Hope 3.5 miles from Boston College to Boston University as part of the Opening Ceremonies to Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Summer Games Weekend! This ceremonial, 15-minute/mile torch run will culminate with the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron, signifying the Opening of the Summer Games. You don’t want to miss out on this unique run. Registration is free for runners!

2019 Final Leg Photos

Final Leg Course Map

Cape Cod Torch Run – May 29, 2019

Law Enforcement Members of Barnstable County law enforcement agencies carried the Flame of Hope nearly 70 miles from Provincetown to Bourne. Members of their town agency carried the torch the length of their town and pass it off to the next agency at the town line. We asked that all runners donate $25 to participate. All the money raised through the Cape Cod leg of the Torch Run directly to benefited Special Olympics Massachusetts, including more than 800 athletes who live and compete on the Cape.

Cape Cod Torch Run Leg Route

Photos from the 2019 Torch Run

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x225

Cruiser Convoy 2019

Cruiser Convoy 2019 – June 8, 2019

torch run

Thank you for being a part of the 2019 Cruiser Convoy! We saw 224 Police Vehicles including a helicopter this year topping previous year’s totals. Thank you to all who came out to support our athletes at summer games – it is truly a fantastic event!

The Cruiser Convoy is the largest and most anticipated single-day event on the Law Enforcement Torch Run calendar. From the Berkshires to Provincetown, from the North Shore to New Bedford, Law Enforcement officers will convoy from all over the state to the 2019 Summer Games at Harvard University. Officers are invited to present medals, interact with athletes, and enjoy a celebratory BBQ. Families and friends are welcome! Convoy groups will leave from six rally points around the state and meet at Boston College before continuing on to Harvard University.

Why participate? To show off one or more of your department’s vehicles! To enhance the state’s largest Special Olympics athletic event! And to support deserving athletes in your community!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available in 2019: Businesses are encouraged to sponsor their local law enforcement’s entry into the Convoy, or even sponsor their own company/vendor vehicle to join the Convoy! Check out the 2019 Cruiser Convoy Sponsorship for more information.

Cruiser Convoy 2019 Photos!

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride.Unfortunately, there will not be a Marlborough Motorcycle Ride in 2019. However, if you are still interested, please check out our Dream Ride tab for a motorcycle ride in Connecticut this August!

This a scenic 60-mile ride through Central MA, escorted by the Marlborough Police Department and the Central MA Law Enforcement Council. We’ll have a BBQ afterwards with music, a raffle, and more. We will be hosting this motorcycle ride in the fall. Stay tuned for details.

See photos from the 2018 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

Dream Ride - August 23-25, 2019

Calling all Motorcycle and Engine enthusiasts! 

Dream ride.Every year, the Dream Ride Experience unites thousands of friends and families and motorcycle and engine enthusiasts from multiple states and countries to celebrate Special Olympics athletes. The event inspires a sense of community and respect, acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities on and off the playing field. In 2018, the Dream Ride raised $2 million dollars for Special Olympics athletes within the United States and around the world!

For details and to register for The Dream Ride Experience, visit www.dreamride.org.

Contact Stephanie.Esposito@SpecialOlympicsMA.org or at 508-485-0986 ext. 256 for more details.

Run With the Cops 5K

Run with the cops.

The Run with the Cops 5k will not be taking place in 2019. Stay tuned for 2020 details!

Run with the Cops 5k Fun Runs are professionally-timed courses featuring “Copstacles.” Local law enforcement officials manage and participate in this event. Stay tuned for 2019 dates and registration information.

For any questions, please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Fun Run Recap

Glow in the Park Header Image

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is hitting the streets for the 5th annual Glow in the Park 5k. The race starts and ends at Barrett’s Alehouse and runs through the North Attleboro Industrial Park. This year’s race is on Saturday, June 1st and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Register Here!

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x225

More Options

Some of the other events that have been organized include the following:

  • Golf Tournaments
  • Cooking Competitions – chili, wings, BBQ and more!
  • Bowling Nights
  • Poker Tournaments
  • Comedy Nights
  • Motorcycle Rides
  • Goatee/Beard Competitions
  • LETR Badge Paper Icon Sales Handbook
  • Don’t forget to ask your union for a year end donation!

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256