The Law Enforcement Torch Run began Tuesday

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) began on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Chula Vista Police Department Memorial Wall

LETR is a yearly event where 30 San Diego County law enforcement agencies carry the Special Olympics Torch through San Diego Cities where it eventually reaches its final destination at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. The ceremonial lighting of the Torch was located at 315 Fourth Avenue in Chula Vista. 

Chiefs of several agencies, including Chula Vista, Coronado,  El Cajon, Escondido, Immigration and Customs and National City, San Diego Police Department, Sheriff’s and Harbor Police Department, US Marshal, FBI, DEA  and more will be in attendance along with Special Olympics San Diego Global Ambassadors.  

After the ceremony, officers began the first leg of the run at 10:15 a.m. and continued through Del Mar. The LETR will end with Camp Pendleton Marines running the Torch through the base and handing it off to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.     

Law enforcement officers collect donations for their participation in the LETR and are sponsored by civic groups, local businesses and generous donors.  Forty-eight nations participate in the LETR and more than 142,000 law enforcement officers volunteer their time for this event. The LETR has become the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and has raised 43 million dollars worldwide in 2012. 

“I first became involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run nine years ago. I quickly learned that it was so much more than just a run. It’s an inspiring opportunity to partner up with Special Olympics to raise awareness and funds for our Special Athletes” said Sgt. Dan Hollister, San Diego Police Department. “Whether it’s a Tip A Cop, Polar Plunge, or any fund raising event, it truly makes you feel good to support such wonderful athletes. The smiles, handshakes, and hugs from special athletes and their families keep me coming back and wanting to do more.” 

The public was encouraged to attend the opening ceremony where various San Diego County police chiefs spoke to the community about the LETR. Thomas Selbe, a Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger for Special Olympics, also spoke at the ceremony. Erik Weber, another Special Olympics athletes and Global Ambassador led off the run with the law enforcement officers.

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