Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan

MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) – The Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run, a major supporter of Special Olympics Michigan, begins this weekend. This is the largest grassroots fundraiser for athletes with an intellectual disability.

The festivities begin with an event at Louie’s Towne Grille in Mt. Clemens on Saturday morning, as well as a handful of other events across the state. The central route will start in Copper Harbor – one of the most northerly points in the state – on Monday and end at Belle Isle in Detroit on Friday, September 16.

WWJ’s Erin Vee spoke live Thursday evening with LETR Senior Director Andrea Rachko. Rachko said the event has been in Michigan for 38 years and they have raised over $20 million for Special Olympics Michigan.

They almost hit $2 million in 2022 alone.

“It will be a big step to break the $2 million, so hopefully we can get there and hopefully we can send about 2-3,000 athletes to our statewide tournaments,” said Rachko.

The state’s fall games are scheduled to begin Sept. 23.

Anyone interested in registering as a runner or walker can do so here. More information about LETR is available on the Special Olympics Michigan website.