The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $22.025 million over 25 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.  Some of our fundraising events include the Super Plunge, Polar Plunge, World’s Largest Truck Convoy, Harley Raffle, Cop on Top, Trivia Nights, and the actual Torch Run.

With the Torch Run, approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carry the “Flame of Hope” nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games each June in Normal.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising helps provide Special Olympics Athletes year-round sports fitness, training, and athletic competition for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities free of charge for the athlete and their family. With the funds raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and its various events, Special Olympics Illinois is able to provide services to more than 22,000 athletes and approximately 4000 young athletes every year.  In 2011, Illinois was the 2nd highest grossing Torch Run Program in the world, raising 2.9 million dollars!

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Citizens and businesses wishing to support this worthwhile program can make checks payable “Special Olympics Illinois” Donations can be mailed directly to the Joliet Police Department, 150 W Washington St., Joliet, Illinois 60432 to the attention of Officer Dwayne English #304.  If anyone has any questions, you may contact Officer English by email at   Please visit the Special Olympics website at and click on the Torch Run link to view upcoming events.