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

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 2, 2018

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Join us for the most fun you’ll have this summer by wearing your best neon and glow gear to light up the night! The Law Enforcement Torch Run is hitting the streets for the 4th annual Glow in the Park 5k. The race will start and end at Barrett’s Alehouse and run through the North Attleboro Industrial Park. Registration is at 7:30pm and the race begins at 9:00pm.

REGISTER TODAY

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 – May 30, 2018

The Flame of Hope will be traveling nearly 70 miles on its journey to the 2018 Summer Games in Boston on June 8-10th. All officers and military personal are welcome to join a team leg.

The run will begin before dawn from the Provincentown Police Department and continue all the way to the Bourne Police Department almost 70 miles away! It will pass through almost all of the towns on the Cape.

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

Register Today!

Cape Cod Torch Run Leg Route

Photos from the 2017 Torch Run

Cruiser Convoy: June 9, 2018

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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 will convoy from all over the state to the 2018 Summer Games at Harvard University. Officers are invited to present medals, interact with athletes, and enjoy a celebratory BBQ. Families and friends are welcome! This year, the Cruiser Convoy will be on June 9th.

Convoy groups will be leaving from six rally points around the state and meet at Boston College Law School before continuing on to Harvard University. ROUTE DETAILS 

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!

Register Your Department for the Cruiser Convoy

NEW in 2018: 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 full Cruiser Convoy Sponsorship Package

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride: June 23, 2018

Marlborough Motorcycle Ride.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Join us for 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.

Pre-Registration: $20 for Riders; $10 for Passengers

Day-of Registration: $25 for Riders; $15 for Passengers

REGISTER FOR THE RIDE

See photos from the 2017 Marlborough Motorcycle Ride

Run With the Cops 5K

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 2017’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 Spring 2018.

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.

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®

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in one of our LETR Polar Plunges this winter! We’re still tallying the final numbers, but the 2017-18 Polar Plunge season included over 150 law enforcement officers who raised a combined total of $48,000 for Special Olympics MA!

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:
Fall 2018  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!