Law Enforcement Torch Run Season Underway for May and June

Buffalo, NY – The Flame of Hope began its journey throughout New York State last week in Special Olympics New York’s Western Region. Members of Law Enforcement in local communities will carry the torch in 30 runs this May and June, culminating with State Summer Games in Ithaca, NY on June 24.

LETR is a time-honored Special Olympics tradition of more than 30 years, led and orchestrated by the “Guardians of the Flame,” which include members of law enforcement personnel from agencies throughout New York. Together with local athletes and supporters, LETR representatives raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New York.

“Our movement is blessed with so many supporters, but few are as dedicated as our friends in law enforcement,” said Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Whether it’s a fundraiser, a torch run, or a competition, we know we can always count on them.”

The Torch Run legs for the Summer Season are as follows:

  • May 4th: “Trooper Ross M. Riley Memorial Leg” (Olean)
  • May 6th: Tri-County—Rockland/Putnam/Westchester (various towns and cities throughout Rockland, Westchester and Putman Counties, all ending in Peekskill)
  • May 7th: Avon Torch Run (Avon)
  • May 15th: “West Seneca Leg” (West Seneca)
  • May 18th: Oswego LEO Torch Run (Oswego)
  • May 19th: Eastern Leg (Eastern Long Island)
  • May 22nd: “Lackawanna Leg” (Lackawanna)
  • May 23rd: Dewitt Torch Run (Dewitt/Syracuse)
  • May 24th: “Sgt. LBPD/CCSO Deputy Sheriff Stephen P. Fardink Memorial Leg” (Jamestown)
  • May 24th: Final Leg to Special Olympics USA (NYC)
  • May 25th: Orchard Park Leg (Orchard Park)
  • May 25th: Orange County Leg (Orange County)
  • May 26th: Chief Michael J. Sliwinski Memorial Torch Run Leg (Cheektowaga)
  • May 29th: Jefferson County Torch Run (Watertown)
  • May 31st: Nassau/Suffolk Leg (Throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, meeting in the middle at SUNY Farmington)
  • June 1st: Corrections Officer Scott Kowalski Memorial Torch Run Leg (Dunkirk/Fredonia)
  • June 3rd: Rochester Torch Run (Rochester)
  • June 8th: “Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Memorial Leg” (Clarence)
  • June 10th: “Kurt Scheiber Memorial Leg” (Amherst), “Officer Joshua Davison and Captain Thomas Deihl Memorial Leg” (Tonawanda/Kenmore), “Special Agent William M. Fallon Memorial Leg” (Buffalo)
  • June 14th: “Honorary Joe Dubreville and Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Memorial Leg” (Hamburg)
  • June 18th: Metro Games-Queens (Queens)
  • June 18th: Homer/Cortland Torch Run (Cortland)
  • June 20th: Washington County Leg (Washington County)
  • June 21st: Warren County Leg (Warren County)
  • June 21st: Binghamton Torch Run (Binghamton)
  • June 22nd: Saratoga County Leg (Saratoga County)
  • June 22nd – 23rd: Auburn Torch Runs (Auburn)
  • June 23rd: Albany County (Schenectady to Albany)
  • June 24th: Ithaca Torch Run into Summer Games (Ithaca)


About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.