Torch Run Kick-Off May 26 in Historic Occoquan

This year's Law Enforcement Torch Run Kick-Off Ceremony is set for May 26 at 11:30 am in Historic Occoquan (200 Mill Street), during which we will officially light the “Flame of Hope” as officers prepare to run it thousands of miles to Richmond. The Ceremony, which commences the countdown to Summer Games (June 10-11 in Richmond), will bring more than 100 law enforcement officers from across Virginia to Northern Virginia, as well as Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill, the 2016 State Chair of the Virginia Torch Run. Sheriff Hill will announce this year's Torch Run fundraising total, and agencies will light the Flame in preparation for their 1900-mile journey across Virginia, which begins June 4 in Bristol. For more information on Torch Run Routes in your area, visit our Routes page.



Spring Edition of The Guardian 

The Spring 2016 edition of The Guardian, the newsletter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Executive Council, can be found here. Topics include Polar Plunges and the International Torch Run Conference.




Kids & K9 Officers: From Wawa Encounter to Frigid Adventure

Recently, young Ryann accompanied her mom on a quick convenience store run to her local Wawa. When Ryann saw Officer Walter "Puddin" Stone and Officer Fred Bates inside the store, she immediately asked them if they were going to take the plunge for Special Olympics. They had not yet heard about the opportunity, but agreed to join Ryann and her fellow "Daisies" teammates from St. Catherine's School.


Most people leave Wawa with a full tank of gas and some hot coffee. On that day, Ryann left with a promise from her new friends. On February 27, the two officers made good on their promise by taking Ryann's hand and jumping into some very icy water. Together, the Daisies managed to raise more than $2,000. Overall, the event raised in excess of $58,000 for Special Olympics Virginia and the expansion of Unified Schools programs throughout Central Virginia.



Looking for Torch Run Events? 

We've moved all Torch Run calendar listings to our Special Olympics Virginia calendar, which also includes details on many other ways to get involved in our program. Check it out at

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