The marquee event in the world of Special Olympics will take place in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. The 2019 Special Olympics World Games provides an incredible opportunity for athletes from over 170 countries to travel to Abu Dhabi to embrace the Olympic ideal, display their talents and abilities, and to compete against other athletes from around the world. It will undoubtedly be an amazing and historic event that will leave an indelible mark on everyone associated with the World Games!
As an important part of the World Games, from March 3 to March 14, 2019, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg® for Special Olympics will heighten awareness and take the message of Special Olympics to every corner of the United Arab Emirates. Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote the 2019 World Games.
The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run Program will be sending one representative to represent Team USA and the entire LETR Program. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one selected officer to experience a unified Final Leg in Abu Dhabi, live and bond with amazing Special Olympcis athletes, and represent our Torch Run
Program as well as the Torch Run movement. This, all while raising incredible awareness and support of the 2019 World Games! In addition, it has been well established that the large majority of Final Leg Runners return to their respective programs and soar to new heights of dedication, fundraising and leadership! All travel and food expenses are covered by Special Olympics MA and the 2019 World Games Organizing Committee. Any voluntary fundraising by the Final Leg Runner is welcomed by Special Olympics MA but not required.
Any member of a Law Enforcement Agency is invited to apply. This includes any federal, national, state, provincial, tribal, military, municipal, county, city, local, or corrections agency that is responsible for enforcing statutes,regulations or ordinances in Massachusetts. A Law Enforcement Member is any person who is a sworn or commissioned member of, or retired in good standing from, a Law Enforcement Agency and who volunteers to be a Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer.
Responsibilities of Runner:
o Due to the nature of this event, the candidate must be firmly committed to participating in this event at the time of their selection. The candidate must be able to be away from his/her job for the entire duration of the Final Leg.
o The candidate must possess the ability to function as part of a team. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain a high level of cooperation with all other team members and supporters.
o The candidate must be able to maintain a pace of 10 minutes per mile for up to 2 miles at a time and have the ability to run multiple intervals (Torch Runs) totaling in excess of 5 miles during the course of a day and possess the stamina to tolerate long days consisting of travel, running, and special event functions.
o The candidate needs to be able to speak in front of groups at various functions and ceremonies about Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run®.
Applications are due Monday February 5, 2018. The MA LETR Executive Council will select a nominee by February 16, 2018.