Law Enforcement Torch Run® Events
|The Law Enforcement 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™ - Various 2016 Dates
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-Cop Fundraisers:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Visit the Applebee’s Restaurant in Tewksbury for a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser in participation with local law enforcement agencies. Click here for official flyer.
Thursday, September 8, 2016* – Visit Applebee’s Restaurant locations in Chelmsford, Danvers, and Saugus for Tip-A-Cop fundraisers in partnership with their local law enforcement agencies. Click on your city to see the official flyer.
*September 8th is Applebee’s annual “Dining to Donate” promotion – Applebee’s will donate 15% of your check to Special Olympics MA. Diners must present the official Dining to Donate flyer to their server to qualify.
Red Robin Restaurant
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Visit Red Robin Restaurant locations in Braintree, Foxboro, Plymouth, and Wareham for Tip-A-Cop fundraisers in partnership with their local law enforcement agencies.
- Trick or Trot 5k - Westfield, MA
Sunday, October 23rd
In partnership with our Law Enforcement Torch Run program, the Trick or Trot 5k has found its new home – Stanley Park in Westfield, MA!
Join us for this professionally-timed, Halloween themed 5k trail run and family festival to support local Special Olympics athletes.
Post-race festivities will include a BBQ lunch, awards in race as well as costume categories, a K-9 demonstration, and more! Bring your family to the race and experience the first annual Trunk or Treat – a Halloween “trick or treat” hosted by local Law Enforcement officials!
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- Cop-on-Top - December 3-4, 2016
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!). There is so much more to these events and they are unbelievably fun, but it is really up to the group to add some creative and exciting elements. The event is usually two days long, typically raising between $5,000 and $10,000, and in some instances even $50,000!
Upcoming Cop-on-Top Fundraisers:
Pittsfield, MA – December 3-4, 2016
Chicopee, MA – December 4, 2016
Specific event information coming soon!
- Truck Pulls - Various 2016 Dates
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 20 feet?
Well, here is your opportunity to finally get your answer! Special Olympics Massachusetts host multiple truck pulls throughout the year all over the state.
Upcoming Truck Pulls
Mansfield Fire Truck Pull – Date TBD
Registration and information coming soon!
Humboldt Truck Pull – Sunday, October 16, 2016
Presented by Humboldt Moving and Storage. Location – Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA. Teams of 10 will pull 3 different trucks! Fastest average wins! Minimum $1,000 fundraising goal per team. NEW THIS YEAR – Sign up as an individual for $100 and get placed on a team. Register today!
Humboldt Sponsorship Opportunities
For questions about any of the Truck Pulls, please contact: torchrun@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG or 508-485-0986 x225
- Plane Pull - October 8, 2016
Same concept as a Truck Pull… but with a Plane! That’s right, Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Law Enforcement Torch Run is offering YOU the opportunity to pull a plane! Think you can do it?
Special Olympics Massachusetts’ FIRST EVER Plane Pull in conjunction with the Berkshires’ Wings, Wheels, and Warbirds Festival.
Berkshire Plane Pull – Saturday, October 8, 2016
- Polar Plunge® - Various 2017 Dates
Take the Plunge into icy cold waters this winter to help provide nearly 12,000 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.
Get your feet wet by checking out photos of past years’ Polar Plunges on OUR SMUGMUG WEBPAGE.
Upcoming Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
Onota Lake – Pittsfield, MA – 2017 Date TBD
Register for the Pittsfield Polar Plunge
Lake Massapoag – Sharon, MA – 2017 Date TBD
Register for the Sharon Polar Plunge
West Beach – Beverly, MA, (Formerly the Revere Beach Plunge) – 2017 Date TBD
Register for the Beverly Polar Plunge
Yawkey Sports Training Center – Marlborough, MA – Saturday, March 4, 2017
Register for the Marlborough Polar Plunge
Location TBD – New Bedford, MA – Saturday, March 11, 2017
Register for the New Bedford Polar Plunge
For questions about any of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges, please contact: polarplunge@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG or 508-485-0986 x256
Previous 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
No. Attleboro Kid’s Day Portable Polar Plunge – on ICE!
Check out the photos from the FIRST ANNUAL PORTABLE POLAR PLUNGE ON ICE – in July!
Want to participate in the 2017 Portable Polar Plunge on Ice? Check back in Spring 2017 for event information!
- Dream Ride - August 26-28, 2016
August 26-28, 2016
Calling all Motorcycle and Engine enthusiasts!
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. 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.
- Cruiser Convoy
The concept of the Cruiser Convoy started here in Massachusetts and takes place every June in conjunction with Summer Games. Police vehicles start from three points across the state, representing the north, south and west. The three caravans then converge at Boston College Law School in Newton before continuing on to the Harvard Athletic Facilities in Allston, as one final line of cars, lights and sirens pulls into Summer Games in recognition of the accomplishments of the athletes. The officers then share in the joy and privilege of awarding medals and ribbons to the athletes at the six different competition venues at the games.
June 4, 2016 @ Special Olympics MA State Summer Games
Cruiser Convoy Route Details 2016
Pictures from Previous Cruiser Convoys
- Torch Runs
Special Olympics Massachusetts hosts a series of runs leading up to Summer Games; in Middleton, Everett, on the Cape and prior to the Opening Ceremony of Summer Games—known as the Final Leg. The Final Leg starts at Boston College and culminates at Boston University, with the lighting of the cauldron signifying the opening of the games.
Cape Cod – post Summer Games this year – Thursday, June 9, 2016
Cape Cod Torch Run Leg Route
Photos from the Torch Run
- North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Fun Run - June 2017
Thank you to all sponsors and the 230+ runners who contributed to this year’s Glow in the Park 5k! Together we raised over $15,000 for Special Olympics athletes. Click here to see some of the event photos.
Want to participate in the 2017 Glow in the Park 5k? Check back in Spring 2017 for event information!
- Run With the Cops 5K Fun Run - Summer 2017
Run with the Cops 5k Fun Runs are professionally-timed courses featuring “Copstacles.” Local law enforcement officials manage and participate in this event.
Thank you to all sponsors and event participants of this year’s Mansfield Run with the Cops 5k and Midnight Run with the Cops 5k! Together we raised nearly $12,000 for Special Olympics athletes! Click here to see some of the event photos.
Want to participate in the 2017 Run with the Cops? Check back in Spring 2017 for event information!
- Marlborough Motorcycle Ride - June 24, 2017
This past June, over 200 motorcycle riders joined the Marlborough Police Department for a 60-mile escorted ride around Metro West. With over 150 bikes along the route, 40+ raffle prizes, delicious BBQ donated from the local Wegman’s grocery store – we raised over $10,000 for Special Olympics athletes!
See photos from the 2016 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride
Save the Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Check back in early 2017 for registration and event information!
- 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
- Don’ forget to ask your union for a year end donation!