GarCo First Responders Day is cancelled for 2020

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

Run or walk a 5k course through central Silt as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. This will also be a timed distance run for those interested in qualifying for the BOLDERBoulder taking place on Memorial Day. The Torch Run/Walk will start at 3:30 p.m. from Stoney Ridge Pavilion, where runners will make the loop and return for a free barbecue, the 2020 Memorial Tribute, and a live concert by Jesse Cornett and the Revolvers.

The Emoji Fun Run/Walk/Ride will be the second run of the day. It will follow a 1k course through Central Silt and will raise funds and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Participants are encouraged to dress like their favorite emoji. This run will start at 3:45 p.m. right after the Torch Run.

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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