Concordia - Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run at Broadway Plaza
Members from local law enforcement agencies alongside community members will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope through the local streets of Concordia for their annual Torch Run. Concordia Police Department is a supporting agency of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run and encourages support of the movement.
For Concordia, the Torch Run will start at Broadway Plaza Park at 8 AM on Saturday, June 26. They will then run South to 13th and Broadway and turn West at 13th Street. They will then turn South on Republican and head to Campus Dr. where they will take State St. North to 13th. Once at 13th Street, runners will turn East to head back towards Broadway and turn North on Broadway to finish at Broadway Plaza Park. The event is open to the community to participate in the run. Those not running are welcome to line the route and help cheer runners on. All funds raised stay in the state of Kansas to help the many Special Olympic athletes throughout Kansas. Registration is $20 and includes a 40th anniversary shirt.
The mission of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. In 2020, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised over $403,000 for the state of Kansas.
“It’s been several years since we’ve had a Torch Run event in our community,” said Concordia Police Chief Ric Fredrickson. “Special Olympics is a great cause and we wanted to get involved again and support it. This event also gives law enforcement and the community a chance to do an event together, which is important in light of what’s going on around the country.”
“We couldn't do what we do for our athletes without the assistance and devotion of law enforcement officers around the state,” Special Olympics Kansas Communications Coordinator Ally Speers said.
“Year after year we have the support of men and women of law enforcement who elevate Special Olympics Kansas within their communities,” Special Olympics President/CEO John Lair said. “Every year officers from local agencies, sheriff offices, campus police and the Highway Patrol give so much to this event and expect nothing in return.”
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021. “For 40 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been an integral part of the Special Olympics Movement," Lair said. "What started right here in Kansas has become an annual tradition all around the world.”
Additional runs will take place throughout the summer and fall in some communities. For a full list of upcoming events, visit https://ksso.org/help-to-
Sponsors of the Law Enforcement Torch Run include AT&T, Casey’s General Stores, Kansas Gas Service, Atlantic Signal, and Coca Cola.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS
Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. SOKS is a non-profit organization supported almost entirely by corporate and individual gifts, and events. The generosity of Kansas organizations, individuals and statewide businesses enable the program to continue. Special Olympics’ goal is to create a world where every single person is accepted and welcomed. Together, we are helping to make the world a better, healthier, and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member and one plunger at a time.
ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 with founder Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon and five law enforcement officers carrying the torch for the Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games in Wichita. The LETR has since evolved to a volunteer partnership with Special Olympics to champion acceptance and inclusion. It has become a worldwide community of law enforcement officers rallying to support Special Olympics, the impetus for millions of new friendships around the world, and a series of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge fundraisers, and Tip-A-Cop® events. The LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics with more than 100,000 law enforcement participants around the world. Visit LETR.org for more information.