Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run


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 Federal Bureau of Investigation (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.

  1. 2019
  2. 2018
  3. 2017
  4. 2016
  5. 2015

2019 Events

Polar Plunge 

March 2 

The Villa Park Police Polar Plunge team were #freezinforareason on March 2 in Oak Brook, IL as they raised over $5,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. 


Law enforcement Torch run

Villa Park Police will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run again this year. According to the Special Olympics Illinois website, approximately 3,000 Illinois officers will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, from June 2 to 7, to the final destination - the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games.

As part of our fundraising efforts, we are currently selling the following merchandise:


For merchandise, call Detective Giammarino at (630)834-7447.