Flame of Hope Run in Pittsburg on April 19th - KOAM TV 7

Flame of Hope Run in Pittsburg on April 19th


Flame of Hope Begins Annual 1,600 Mile Journey Across Kansas

Law Enforcement in Southeast Kansas to Complete First Leg April 19

PITTSBURG, KS – Officers from eight law enforcement agencies in Southeast Kansas will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope April 19, from the Pittsburg Police Department to the Plaster Center on the Pittsburg State University Campus.


The 2-mile run will signify the beginning of a 1,600 mile journey for the Flame of Hope across Kansas as part of the ceremonial 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kansas.


“For more than 30 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been an integral part of the Special Olympics Movement," Special Olympics Kansas President/CEO John Lair said. "What started right here in Kansas has become an annual tradition all around the world.”


Torch Runs are held in Kansas leading up to the annual summer games in Wichita. Law enforcement officers raise money for Special Olympics Kansas throughout the year by participating in these runs as well as events like Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cop and Cover the Cruiser.


In 2017 more than 1,300 officers took part in more than 30 runs throughout the state. In total. Kansas LETR participants raised more than $500,000 for Special Olympics Kansas in 2017.


Officers participating in the 2018 run in Pittsburg are from the Pittsburg Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Labette County Sheriff’s Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigations, Pittsburg State University Police Department, Galena Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol.


The run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Pittsburg Police Department and continue along the following route: Leaving PPD North on Pine Street to 4th Street. Right (east) turn 1 block to Broadway. Right turn (South) on Broadway for 1Mile to Quincy Street. Left (east) turn on Quincy. Quincy street east to Joplin turn right (south) and run to Williams Street on PSU campus turn left (east) and run through Brown lot on PSU to the Plaster Center.


The conclusion of this leg of the run will also signify the beginning of the Special Olympics Kansas Southeast Region Spring Games. The torch will then travel to Dodge City for the next leg on April 28.


For more information about the run in Pittsburg visit http://ksso.org/torch-run-letr/torch-runs/.


Sponsors for the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Kansas include Amerigroup, Kalmar, Medicalodges, Lee Jeans, Southwest Dairy Farmers, Wichita Community Foundation, Wichita Railway Services LLC, and Union Pacific.


About Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run

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.


About Special Olympics Kansas

Special Olympics Kansas 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. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences. Follow SOKS on social media at facebook.com/specialolympicskansas, on Twitter and Instagram @soKansas and Special Olympics Kansas on Flickr. Visit ksso.org to donate to Special Olympics Kansas. 


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