2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) volunteers, representing officers from across West Texas, will gather in front of the Odessa Police Department (205 N. Grant Ave) to kick off the Law Enforcement Torch Run West Texas Leg. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle. The Odessa Police Department is proud to have represented this organization over the past 25 years and to continue being a part of this great cause.
Law enforcement officers will run from 3rd and Golder to the Odessa Police Department at approximately 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to stand along 3rd Street (between Golder and Grant) to cheer on the Special Olympic athletes and volunteers. A brief program will be held at 10:00 a.m. Following the program, Odessa Police Department Officers will lead the Torch Runners south on Grant Ave to Murphy Street carrying the ceremonial torch to kick off the West Texas Leg.
In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1985. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is a running event where officers and athletes run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of competitions being held in San Antonio, TX this year. The Torch Run program also encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as merchandise sales, donations or pledges for runners, corporate donations, and special events. In 2018, Texas Torch Runners across the state raised approximately $1.5 million dollars for The Special Olympic Program.