Events

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

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. 225

Tip-A-Cop Handbook

North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Fun Run

Glow in the Park Header Image

Thank you to all sponsors and the 230+ runners who contributed to last year’s Glow in the Park 5k! Together we raised almost $19,000 for Special Olympics athletes.

Special thank you to No. Attleboro Officer Kristine Crosman and her group of volunteers who planned, organized and executed the event! Until next spring!

Glow in the Park Flyer

Torch Runs

Opening Ceremony 2017

 

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 – June 2018

Thank you to all departments along Rt. 6A on Cape Cod who supported, ran and raised funds for the 10th annual Cape Cod Torch Run leg!

Photos from the 2017 Torch Run

Cruiser Convoy

torch run
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.

Each June at Special Olympics Massachusetts State Summer Games

Let us know if you would like more information

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride.

Save the Date: Held annually in June

Registration information will be available in 2018

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 2017 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

Mansfield Run With the Cops 5K Fun Run

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 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!

Registration Information will be available in 2018.

Dream Ride

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.

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.

Truck Pulls

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 – October 2018
Presented by Humboldt Moving and Storage. Location – Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA.

Thank you to all our 2017 participants. More than $16,000 was raised! Check back in the spring for 2018 information. Thanks to our volunteers for taking wonderful photos. 

Mansfield Fire Truck Pull – October 2018

On October 21, 2017 – more than 20 teams and nearly 250 people participated in the 6th annual Fire Truck Pull at the Xfinity Center. Thank you to all participants and volunteers who raised nearly $25,000!!! Event Photos are here!

For questions about any of the Truck Pulls, please contact: torchrun@specialolympicsma.org or 508-485-0986 x225

Berkshire County Humvee Push

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department hosted the first ever “Humvee Push,” on October 21, 2017 raising nearly $5K. Teams of 5 will pushed a Humvee a total of 80 yards. Congratulations to the Team Juggernauts from the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office for taking first place.

Trick or Trot - October 2018

Law Enforement Torch Run runner crossing finish line. On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA, more than 100 runners and walkers joined us for this 2nd annual Trail Run raising more than $10,000 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!
Contact torchrun@specialolympicsma.org with any questions.

Polar Plunge® - Various 2017-18 Dates

Polar plunge people jumping into cold water.Take the Plunge into icy cold waters this winter to help provide over 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.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges

Upcoming this Fall:

  • Onota Lake – Pittsfield, MA – November 24-25, 2017
    • NEW: Super Plunge!

Coming up in 2018:

  • Silvershell Beach – Marion, MA – January 21, 2018
  • Lake CochituateNatick, MA – February 10, 2018
    • Website TBD
  • NEW! Attleboro High SchoolAttleboro, MA – February 10, 2018
  • Lake Massapoag – Sharon, MA – February 24, 2018
  • Yawkey Sports Training Center – Marlborough, MA – March 3, 2018
  • Nantasket Beach – Hull, MA  February 24, 2018
  • Revere Beach – Revere, MA – March 3, 2018
  • East Beach – New Bedford, MA – March 24, 2018
    • Website TBD
  • Long Beach – Littleton, MA – Date TBD
    • Website TBD

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.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 2-3, 2017
  • Chicopee, MA – December 2, 2017
    Specific event information coming soon!

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!