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Events

Law Enforcement Torch Run Events

The Law EnforcLETR Mark Mass.ement Torch Run (LETR) program is one of the most important year-round fundraising initiatives supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts. Since it’s inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run program has raised over $790,000,000 globally. In 2018, Massachusetts LETR raised over $680,000!

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.

Check out photos from all our LETR events!

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

Polar Plunge® 2020: Be Bold. Get Cold.

Plunge with us this winter!

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.

2020 LETR Natick Passion Plunge – February 8th, 2020

2020 LETR Polar Plunge Marlborough – February 15th, 2020

2020 LETR Sharon Polar Plunge – February 29th, 2020

2020 Nantasket Polar Plunge – February 29th, 2020

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

2020 LETR Westfield Polar Plunge *NEW* – March 7th, 2020

2020 LETR Harwich Polar Plunge *NEW*– March 14th, 2020

2020 LETR Lakeville Polar Plunge *Formerly New Bedford Plunge* – March 21st, 2020

2020 Revere Corporate Plunge *NEW* – March 27th, 2020

2020 Revere Polar Plunge – March 28th, 2020

2020 Pittsfield Super Plunge and Polar Plunge– March 28th-29th, 2020

2020 LETR Littleton Polar Plunge – April 4th, 2020

For questions about any of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges, please contact: polarplunge@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x258

Winter Games 2020 - Present Medals & Awards

Inviting all Law Enforcement, First Responders, Public Safety, Sheriff’s Officers, Department of Corrections, Military members and veterans: Come Experience Inclusion by presenting medals in uniform to Special Olympics athletes!

Special Olympics Massachusetts’ athletes will compete in this state tournament in Basketball, Bowling, Floor Hockey, and Alpine Skiing. Competition venues are located in Worcester, Auburn, Shrewsbury, and Charlemont.

Please note – Alpine Skiing is held on March 14th and 15th at Berkshire East.

If you are interested in presenting medals to athletes, email TorchRun@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or call 508-485-0986 x256. For more information, visit swww.SpecialOlympicsMA.org/WinterGames

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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

Tavern in the Square – March 10th

Littleton, MA   |    5:00 – 9:00 PM

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)

Cruiser Convoy 2020

Cruiser Convoy 2020 – June 13th

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A Recap on 2019: 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!

Registration is open for 2020 Here

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 2020 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 2020: 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 2020 Cruiser Convoy Sponsorship Package for more information.

Cruiser Convoy 2019 Photos!

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

Summer Games & Final Leg - June 12-14, 2020

Opening Ceremony 2017

Summer Games Weekend June 13th – 14th

Join us for Final Leg, Cruiser Convoy, and medaling opportunities at Harvard University and Boston University from June 12th to 14th in Boston! See below for details on Final Leg and medaling details will come soon.

Final Leg into the 2020 Summer Games – Friday, June 12th, 2020

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!

2020 Registration for Final Leg coming soon 

2019 Final Leg Photos

Final Leg Course Map

Cape Cod Torch Run 2019

Cape Cod Torch Run – May 29, 2019

Thank you all that came out to support and run in this event!

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

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride 2020

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride.We are excited to welcome to Marborough Motorcycle Ride back in 2020! More updates will be provided soon.

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.

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

Calling all Motorcycle and Engine enthusiasts! August 23-35, 2019.

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

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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!

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

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office Run Around the Jail 5k

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

Thank you to all that came to support and take part in this event! Details for 2020 coming soon.

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!

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

Berkshire County Humvee Push

LETR Berkshire County Humvee Push

Thank you to all that came to support this event! Details for 2020 coming soon.
The Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department hosted their annual Humvee Push to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. Teams of 5 fundraised $100 or more and take turns pushing the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office Humvee 40 yards down and back. Trophies were awarded to the fastest team!

2019 Photos

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

Truck Pulls

Details on 2020 Truck Pulls coming soon! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2019 event.

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.

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

Lee Holiday Sweater Fun Run

LETR Lee Holiday Sweater Fun Run – Moe’s Tavern, Lee MA

Thank you all for supporting this event and raising over $8,000 in 2019 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

The sixth annual Lee Holiday Sweater Fun Run presented by the Lee Police Department was held Sunday, November 10th.

Bring your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you can find along for the fun! Everyone is invited to wear their best holiday sweater, antlers, jingle bells, onesies, or whatever your heart desires (and that you can run or walk in) during this 5k event.

Flag Football State Games

Flag Football State Games at Franklin High School and Gillette Stadium

We’re inviting law enforcement departments from around the state to participate in Opening and Closing Ceremonies at our 2019 Flag Football State Games. Here’s how you can get involved:

1) Guard the “Flame of Hope” on a short, ceremonial, group run. Officers and members of the military carry the torch together to officially start of the 2019 Flag Football State Games. Or,

2) Come in uniform and be a part of the high-five tunnel welcoming athletes onto the field in preparation for Opening Ceremonies. All are welcome to stay after Opening to cheer on athletes and then present medals at Closing Ceremonies.

At Franklin High School, meet at the volunteer registration table before walking the torch along the track facing the bleachers.

At Gillette Stadium, park in the Hall of Fame parking lot and register on the Hall of Fame Plaza. Runners will meet to start the Torch Run and uniformed officers will line up at the inflatable Patriots helmet to welcome the athletes.

Peabody Holiday Torch Run

LETR Peabody Holiday Torch Run – Analogic Corporation

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2019 LETR Peabody Holiday Torch Run 5k!

Photos from the event

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!

Runners, walkers, kid’s, law enforcement, academies, fire/ems, are all invited to participate.

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

Cop-on-Top

Thank you to all who helped to support successful Cop on Tops in 2019!

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: December 7th

Time: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location: Walmart, 591 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA

*NEW* Ware Cop-on-Top – December 7th

Time: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location: Walmart, 352 Palmer Road, Ware, MA

*NEW* Hadley Cop-on-Top – December 14th

Time: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Walmart, 337 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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

Medaling Opportunities Year Round

Present awards to Special Olympics MA Athletes!

Officers are always welcome and encouraged to join Special Olympics MA athletes at competitions and to present their awards. With over 400 events throughout the year, there is always something available for officers who are interested. Special Olympics MA has four seasons with 23 sports offered throughout the year. The layout is typically a qualifying tournament mid way through the season and a state games at the end of each season. We send out emails through our LETR newsletter to let officers know of upcoming dates and times, so make sure you subscribe. However, these are the expected dates for our season ending tournaments. Please reach out to us if you are interested in learning more.

Winter Games – Greater Worcester Area – March 7th-8th & 14th-15th (see above!)

  • Sports competing: Basketball, floor hockey, ten pin bowling
  • Alpine Skiing – March 14th and 15th at Berkshire East

Summer Games – Boston, MA – June 12th – 14th

  • Sports competing: Unified and traditional track and field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and young athletes
  • We also have our annual Cruiser Convoy LETR fundraiser during this weekend! See below tab for more details.

Tournament of Champions & Equestrian – Greater Marlborough Area – August

  • Sports competing: Bocce, golf, softball, cycling
  • Equestrian Show: September 26th and 27th 2020 at Briggs Farm and Windrush Farm

State Soccer Cup and Flag Football Tournament – November

  • State Soccer Cup at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA
  • Flag Football and Cheer leading at Gillette Stadium and Franklin High School

Senior Sports Classic – Cape Cod, MA – October

  • Sports competing: For our athletes ages 40 and older competing in race walking, bocce, corn hole, and golf skills

There are many more events throughout the year, and we welcome officers to attend as many as they can. You can find more information on the sports we offer and how to get more involved with Special Olympics MA at specialolympicsma.org. If you are interested in presenting awards to the athletes, please email or call us to confirm!

torchrun@specialolympicsma.org   |   508-485-0986

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