Event will give the public the opportunity to participate in annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Event
Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) will hold it’s first-ever “Flame of Hope” virtual run and fundraiser, August 4 through September 12. Open to the public to participate, the virtual run is a new addition to the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run ® (LETR). Traditionally, SONV hosts this event that features more than 500 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies throughout the state, alongside SONV athletes, carrying the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope.” This relay run begins in Boulder City and the torch is passed at various pit-stops in southern Nevada before it makes its way to Reno for the annual Summer Games competition. This year, SONV’s Summer Games competition was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SONV is asking the community to support its athletes and programs by registering to walk or run a 10k, 5k, or a JR. run between August 2 and September 12. Those interested in supporting this event have the option to bike or swim the same distance in lieu of a walk or run. Participants can log their miles and time by using any fitness tracking device then enter in their miles on the SONV homepage. (sonv.org) SONV is also encouraging all participants to share photos on social media. On September 4th, law enforcement agencies in Southern Nevada will practice social distancing and engage in a traditional relay run. Northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will participate in a relay run on September 11th. tlaw enforcement officers utilizing . Community members interested in participating in this event can register for the virtual run at https://bit.ly/3fKpnS6
The mission of LETR, is to support SONV through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes. Nevada law enforcement officers fundraise throughout the year, , and have raised more than $3 million for Special Olympics Nevada since 2002.Last year’s LETR efforts raised nearly $270,000.
About Special Olympics Nevada
Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education and health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 3,253 athletes who compete in more than 60 competitions in 10 sports annually. On the playing field, SONV promotes inclusion through Unified Sports, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. On school campuses, SONV impacts more than 62,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program, which encourages Unified Sports, Inclusive Leadership programs and Whole School Engagement. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering health screenings and services free of charge. SONV relies on the support of 4,766 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. In 2018, SONV honored the 50-year anniversary of Special Olympics. More information may be found by visiting www.sonv.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SONevada.