Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stoney Ridge Pavilion in Silt

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Proudly presented by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Colorado.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day, around the world.

Help raise funds for this organization, and support Special Olympians in every community!

Relay Race Details

The torch will be lit at 6:00 AM at Alpine Bank in Glenwood Springs. Runners will carry the lighted torch a total of 21 miles, from Glenwood Springs to Silt. There are 10 separate legs of the relay for runners to participate in, and runners can participate in as many legs as they wish.

Leg 1 – 1.9 mi. – Glenwood Springs Alpine Bank to Transfer Trail
Leg 2 – 1.7 mi. – Glenwood Springs Transfer Trail to Sister Lucy Downey Park
Leg 3 – 3.2 mi. – Glenwood Springs Sister Lucy Downey Park to I-70 Exit 111 – First Responders ONLY
Leg 4 – 2.8 mi. – I-70 Exit 111 to New Creation Church – First Responders ONLY
Leg 5 – 3 mi. – New Creation Church to New Castle City Market
Leg 6 – 1.6 mi. – New Castle City Market to Elk Creek Elementary
Leg 7 – 1.85 mi. – Elk Creek Elementary to Ware Lane/US 6th
Leg 8 – 2.2 mi. – Ware Lane/US 6th to Coal Ridge High School
Leg 9 – 2.35 mi. – Coal Ridge High School to Silt Roundabout
Leg 10 – 0.4 mi. – Final Leg – Walk with Special Olympians from Silt Roundabout to Stoney Ridge Pavilion

For safety, runners will be both led and followed by police, sheriff, emergency medical and county escort vehicles.

Registration Fees:

Adult Runner: $30.00
Youth/Student Runner: $20.00

Registration includes a Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run commemorative t-shirt.

Click the button below to download registration the form.

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas, created by Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. He thought the torch run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They decided to endorse the Law Enforcement Torch Run and became the founding law enforcement organization. With the association’s support, the torch run became Special Olympics’ largest public awareness and fundraising program in the world, with participation from over 70 countries worldwide.  


Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics state, provincial, national, regional and world games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity, uniting communities around the globe.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. Since the beginning, over $600 million has been raised for Special Olympics programs.

“What started in 1981 as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide,” says LaMunyon. “The event is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities. Through the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics partnership, we are lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion.”

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