Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run

History

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1986 to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an intrastate relay consisting of various fundraising projects.

According to Special Olympics Illinois, approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in June in Normal.

Community members can show their support for Special Olympics Illinois by attending any of the fundraisers hosted by the Villa Park Police Department or by donating to the Torch Run.

2016 Events

 

Dunkin' Donuts Cop on Rooftop
May 20
Dunkin' Donuts inside Johnson's Villa Park Lighthouse, 1 W. St. Charles Road, Villa Park
5 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
On Friday, May 20, Villa Park Police will join hundreds of police officers who cover more than 170 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Stop by for your morning coffee and support Special Olympics Illinois.

Law Enforcement Torch Run


June 5

The Villa Park Police joined in an intrastate relay leading up to the Special Olympics Summer games, carrying the torch through town.

Torch Run 2016
2015 events

Check out photos and videos from past Law Enforcement Torch Run events in Villa Park.

Walmart Cookout

Officers grilled out to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officers also installed and inspected car seats free of charge.
Cook Out 2015
Cop on a Rooftop 2015
Dunkin' Donuts Cop on Rooftop
 
On Friday, May 29, Villa Park Police raised $2,370 for Special Olympics Illinois. They joined hundreds of police officers who covered more than 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Villa Park Police joined in the intrastate relay leading to the Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games June 7, 2015.

The June 7 leg of the relay began at the DuPage County Courthouse, 501 W. County Farm Road in Wheaton. The run continued through Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago, Warrenville, Naperville, Woodridge, Westmont, Oak Brook, Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Addison and Bloomingdale. The Villa Park portion began at the Ruggard Gazebo near Ardmore Avenue and Central Boulevard.