Torch Run Fun:GU Wausau hosts stop along the way to Special Olympics Games

GU-Wausau hosted over 70 individuals participating in this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run.  Olympians, law enforcement, and community participants for this year’s Torch Run.

What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?

For  those of you who have never been involved, you don’t know what you’re  missing!  The LETR is a global movement  and was founded in 1981.  In Wisconsin,  events are held year-round and include our Final Leg Run,  which kicks off the State Summer Games each June, our twelve statewide Polar  Plunge® winter fundraisers, Tip-A-Cop® events; motorcycle rides, raffles, other  miscellaneous events, the World’s Largest Truck  Convoy® for Special Olympics Wisconsin and Over The Edge.

The Torch Run is held in all 50 United States, 12 Canadian  provinces and territories, and 35 nations, and involves more than 85,000 law  enforcement participants from all over the world.  In 2011, this international program raised more than $42 million to support Special Olympics.

In 1986, compassion, joy and hope ignited a movement among law enforcement to spread awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities. That eternal flame burns with even more vigor today as Special Olympics Wisconsin celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. In 2011, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch               Run® received the Diamond Level of Excellence for raising more than $1 million. Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the sixth highest grossing program in the world, raising nearly $2.4 million in 2011 with more than 1,100 registered participants        representing 150 law enforcement agencies.