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:


Ceremonial Torch Runs

Opening Ceremony 2017

LETR Torch Runs

Torch Runs are a great way to support your local Special Olympics Massachusetts program. 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

The Flame of Hope traveled nearly 70 miles on its journey to the 2018 Summer Games in Boston on June 8-10th.

The run began before dawn from the Provincentown Police Department and continued all the way to the Bourne Police Department almost 70 miles away! It passed through almost all of the towns on the Cape.

All the money raised through the Cape Cod leg of the Torch Run went directly to benefit more than 800 Athletes competing year round who reside on the Cape.

Cape Cod Torch Run Leg Route

Photos from the 2018 Torch Run

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

Cruiser Convoy

Cruiser Convoy 2019 – June 8th

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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 convoyed from all over the state to the 2019 Summer Games at Harvard University. Officers were invited to present medals, interact with athletes, and enjoy a celebratory BBQ. Families and friends are welcome! This year, the Cruiser Convoy was on June 9th and was a huge hit!

Convoy groups left from six rally points around the state and meet at Boston College Law School before continuing on to Harvard University.

We are looking forward to this incredible event this June!

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!

Thank you to all of the Police Departments that came out in support of Special Olympics Massachusetts in 2018. This was the largest convoy yet with, 250 cruisers and $25,000 raised!

Continuing 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!

Register Here

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


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.

If you’d like to start one on your own community please contact us at TorchRun@SpecialOlympcisMA.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)

North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Fun Run : June 2018

Glow in the Park Header Image

Thanks to all who joined us in June! The Law Enforcement Torch Run is hit the streets for the 4th annual Glow in the Park 5k. The race started and ended at Barrett’s Alehouse and ran through the North Attleboro Industrial Park. We are looking forward to another fun run in 2019!

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x245


Marlborough Motorcycle Ride : June 2018

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride.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. This year the ride raised $4,000 for Special Olympics!

Stay tuned for information about next year’s ride!

See photos from the 2018 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

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

Run With the Cops 5K : June 2018

Run with the cops.June 2018

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 2018 Mansfield Run with the Cops 5k and Midnight Run with the Cops 5k which raised over $3,700!

Registration Information for 2019 will be available in the spring.

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

Dream Ride : August 3-5, 2018

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.

This year, 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.

Berkshire County Humvee Push : September 2018

The Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting its second annual “Humvee Push,” on September 29, 2018 with a goal of $5,000! Teams of 5 will push a Humvee a total of 80 yards.
Think you have what it takes? Register for the 2018 Humvee Push here!
For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x256

Trick or Trot : October 2018

Law Enforement Torch Run runner crossing finish line.On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA, walkers and runners will participate in the 3rd annual Trick or trot Trail Fun Run to reach a goal of $16,000 for our Pioneer Valley programs.

Post-race festivities included a BBQ lunch, awards in race as well as costume categories, a K-9 demonstration, and more! The Trunk or Treat was also super successful – a Halloween “trick or treat” hosted by local Law Enforcement officials!


Find more information and registration details here! See you there!

For any questions or information please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x245

Truck Pulls: Fall 2018

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?

Truck Pulls

Humboldt Truck Pull – September 23, 2018
Presented by Humboldt Moving and Storage. Location – Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA.

Join us September 23, 2018 to see how fast you and your team can pull a box truck, ambulance and fire truck! Register here!

Mansfield Fire Truck Pull – October 13, 2018

This year’s Fire Truck Pull is coming up! Join us on October 13th at the Xfinity Center to see how far our teams can pull a Fire truck! Register Here!

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

Peabody Holiday Torch Run : December 2018

LETR Peabody Holiday Torch Run – Analogic Corporation – Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

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!

Register at www.PeabodyTorchRun.com or click here!

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

Plunge season is upon us! Here are all our upcoming Polar Plunges. Click on the event below that is closest to you that you would like to support! You can register as a plunger in many ways, or even as a volunteer!

2018 Tabor Academy Polar Plunge  – December 9, 2018

2019 Pittsfield Super Plunge and Poultry Plunge

  • Super Plungers – Friday, March 30 into the 31st
  • Polar Plungers – Saturday, March 31st

2019 LETR Natick Passion Plunge – February 9, 2019

2019 LETR Polar Plunge Marlborough – February 16, 2019

2019 LETR Sharon Polar Plunge – March 2, 2019

2019 Nantasket Polar Plunge – March 2, 2019

2019 LETR Revere Polar Plunge – March 16, 2019

2019 Attleboro Polar Plunge – March 16, 2019

2019 LETR New Bedford Polar Plunge – March 23, 2019

2019 LETR Littleton Polar Plunge  – April 6, 2019

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!

Upcoming Cop-on-Top Fundraisers:
Pittsfield Cop-on-Top: Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd. Location: Walmart – 555 Hubbard Ave #12, Pittsfield MA

Chicopee Cop-on-Top: Information coming soon!

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

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’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