Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics
MTM is proud to be the exclusive U.S. Awards Supplier of
Special Olympics and a licensee to Torch Run worldwide. The Torch
Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public
awareness vehicle, raising US$21.4 million for Special Olympics
Programs around the world in 2005. More than 85,000 law enforcement
officers carried the Flame of Hope across 35 nations, and thousands
more supported the runners' efforts through other fundraising programs.
At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event in which officers and athletes run the "Flame of Hope" to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and National Summer or Winter Games.
Every two years, law enforcement officers from around the world gather to carry the "Flame of Hope" in a Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg in honor of the Special Olympics World Summer or World Winter Games. The Torch Run Final Leg is not only a salute to the athletes who compete in the Special Olympics World Games, but also an honor for the participating law enforcement officers who make up the Torch Run Final Leg Team. The 2003 Final Leg was the largest event in Torch Run history, covering 9,000 miles and 19 countries throughout Europe, attracting 250,000 spectators.
For more information on Special Olympics, go to www.specialolympics.org
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