Christopher C. Pipes
Chief of Police
Subject: Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run
On Wednesday, May 23, 2007, Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) volunteers, representing officers from
across West Texas, will gather in front of the Odessa Police Department (205 N. Grant) to kick off the Law
Enforcement Torch Run West Texas Leg. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics’ largest
grassroots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle.
During a brief program at 10:00 a.m., law enforcement officers will run to the Odessa Police Department from
3rd Street and Golder. Chief Chris Pipes will then address the officers who dedicate their year-round volunteer
and fundraising efforts to support Special Olympics Texas. Following the program, Odessa Police Department
Officers will lead the Torch Runners south on Grant Street carrying the ceremonial torch to kick off the West
In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1985. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is a running
event where officers and athletes run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the Opening Ceremonies of
competitions. The Torch Run program also encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as merchandise
sales, donations or pledges for runners, corporate donations, and special events. In 2006, Texas Torch Runners
raised more than $750,000.
Special Olympics Texas is a privately funded non-profit organization, providing year-round sports training and
athletic competition for 25,841 children and adults with intellectual disabilities [mental retardation] in the Lone
Star State. For more information about Special Olympics Texas and/or the Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit
www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 1.800.876.JOIN (5646).
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