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Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR Fact Sheet

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What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?

For those of you who have never been involved, you don't know what you're missing! The LETR is a global movement and was founded in 1981. In Wisconsin, events are held year-round and include our Final Leg Run, which kicks off the State Summer Games each June, our twelve statewide Polar Plunge® winter fundraisers, Tip-A-Cop® events; motorcycle rides, raffles, other miscellaneous events, the World's Largest Truck Convoy® for Special Olympics Wisconsin and Over The Edge events.

The Torch Run is held in all 50 United States, 12 Canadian provinces and territories, and 40 nations, and involves more than 85,000 law enforcement participants from all over the world. In 2011, this international program raised more than $42 million to support Special Olympics.

In 1986, compassion, joy and hope ignited a movement among law enforcement to spread awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities. That eternal flame burns with even more vigor today as Special Olympics Wisconsin celebrates the 27th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. In 2012, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run® raised over $2.4 million with 1,000 registered participants representing 170 law enforcement agencies.


The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Wisconsin is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics is a program which daily reaffirms our belief that with hope and dedication we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. It is our belief that persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large there are no limits to human potential or the human spirit.

Questions contact Julie Drake at

First Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run, Dale Brunner passes.

It is with great sadness that we share that Retired Sergeant Dale Brunner, of the Milwaukee Police Department and first director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Dale was instrumental in starting the LETR in Wisconsin and served as the Director from 1986 through 1999. In 1999 the Wisconsin LETR Dale Brunner Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the program. It is an honor bestowed upon those participants who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in their efforts to enhance the Torch Run in its support of the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Dale ignited a spark among law enforcement officers to spread awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities across the state and raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. As Guardians of the Flame® it is our duty to keep that eternal flame burning in Dale’s honor.

Law Enforcment Torch Run Officer Spotlight
John Fischer

For more than 20 years, retired Officer John Fischer of the New Berlin Police Department has dedicated his time to the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) cause. Through his involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) and the Polar Plunge, Fischer has demonstrated a true passion for SOWI.


Legacy of Hope

For more than 30 years, you have tirelessly carried the Flame of Hope to show the world your support of people with intellectual disabilities. Now help us keep the torch burning for the next generation of Special Olympics athletes. Consider including us in your estate plan and leave a legacy of acceptance, inclusion and empowerment for years to come. Click here to learn more.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame

In 1999 Special Olympics Wisconsin created the Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame award, named after Wisconsin’s first Torch Run director. This award was created to recognize Wisconsin’s outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of Wisconsin’s Torch Run. It is an honor bestowed on those participants who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in their efforts to enhance the Torch Run and its support of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s mission.

2014 Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Nomination Form


  • 1999
    • The Onalaska Police Department & Chief Randy Williams
  • 2000
    • Doug Rosemeyer, Presented Posthumously
  • 2001
    • James Briggs, Retired, Marinette County Sheriffs Department
    • John Charewicz, Portage County Sheriffs Department
  • 2002
    • John Boyer, Retired, Oneida County Sheriffs Department
    • Jason Plaza, Marathon County Sheriffs Department
  • 2003
    • Andrew Garcia, Retired, Madison Police Department
  • 2004
    • John Fischer, Retired, New Berlin Police Department
    • Gerry Flunker, Appleton Police Department
  • 2005
    • Lisa Walter, UW-Stout Police Department
    • Julie (Buedding) Drake, Special Olympics Wisconsin
  • 2006
    • Richard LaMunyon, Honorary Induction, Founder Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, Kansas
    • Colleen Handrick, Rothschild Police Department
    • John Graham, Retired, Fond du Lac Police Department
    • Ray Merlin, Kenosha County Sheriffs Department
    • Anthony Zblewski, Stevens Point Police Department
  • 2007
    • Peggy Frank, City of Eau Claire
    • Mark Moan, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2008
    • Dan Brauer, Glendale Police Department
    • Tammy Kubisiak, Grand Rapids Police Department
  • 2009
    • Daryl Pries, Cadott Police Department
  • 2010
    • Jenny LeBelle, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
    • Gene Rousseau, Retired, Brown County Sheriff’s Department
    • Michael Teem, Honorary Induction, Raleigh (NC) Police Department
  • 2011
    • Dave Gerber, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
    • Kathy Schult, Milwaukee Police Department
  • 2012
    • Mark Horstmann, Verona Police Department
    • Brian Krueger, Sheboygan Police Department
  • 2013
    • Dennis Alldridge, President & CEO for Special Olympics Wisconsin
    • Investigator Mark Mauthe, City of Menasha Police Department
    • Agent, Jennifer Merlin, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Convoy Fact Sheet

World’s Largest Truck Convoy® raises more than $122,000!

On September 20, truckers and law enforcement officials raised a record-shattering $122,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin at the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf & Sons.

Law enforcement officials escorted 165 trucks along the 53 mile route up US Highway 41 from the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield to the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh. The event celebrated truckers support of Special Olympics athletes and marked the end of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Tyler Derringer, Special Olympics athlete and LETR athlete representative, kicked off the event in Richfield and introduced emcee Caitlin Morrall, traffic reporter from TMJ4. The Wisconsin State Patrol Honor Guard presented our colors and athlete P.J. Lynch of Milwaukee sang the National Anthem.

PJ and fellow athlete, Jerry Halboth of Williams Bay, served as Convoy Marshals and rode shotgun alongside the truckers up to the EAA Grounds. Tom Howells, who retired this year after 35 years of service to the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, was recognized as an Honorary Convoy Marshal.

Families cheered from frontage roads and overpasses along the route as trucks paraded past them, one by one.

The day wrapped up with a celebration party complete with live music from singer/songwriter Rob Anthony, a program emceed by former WBAY anchor, Jerry Burke, and awards, raffles, an auction and tailgate party.

Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin’s Convoy has raised more than $821,000 with a total of 1,240 trucks! Special Olympics programs across America host similar events to celebrate truckers. The event takes place in 13 states and four Canadian provinces in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a volunteer movement established by members of the law enforcement community to raise funds and build awareness of Special Olympics.

The event would not have been possible without the support of presenting partners Quad/Graphics and E.H. Wolf & Sons; founding partners, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the Waupun Truck-N-Show; and Convoy hosts, the Pioneer Travel Plaza and the EAA; in addition to all of our partners! Thank you!

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, September 19, 2015! To view photos from this year’s event, click here.

Congratulations to our Raffle and Contest Winners!

  • Grand Prize of a new 2012 John Deere Gator Utility Vehicle donated by E.H. Wolf & Sons, Inc: Jeff Porath of Neenah, WI
  • 2nd Prize - $500 cash: Scott Deutscher of Elk Mound, WI
  • 3rd Prize - $350 cash: Clark Kromenaker of Menasha, WI
  • 1st Place Lead Truck: Jerry & Kay Kissinger, Corner Store, Cottage Grove, WI
  • 2nd Place Lead Truck: Laufer Trucking, Hartford, WI
  • 3rd Place Lead Truck: Blue Leasing, West Bend, WI
  • 4th Place Lead Truck: Lee & Karol Maas, Con-way Freight, Oshkosh, WI
  • 5th Place Lead Truck: Blue Leasing, West Bend, WI
  • Ride Along with Caitlin Morrall: Blue Leasing, West Bend, WI
  • Truck that traveled the farthest distance from out of state: Ted Poelking, T & B Poelking Logistics, Saint Cloud, Florida
  • Truck that traveled the farthest distance from within the state: Pat Arnette & Charlie Bathke, Walmart Transportation, Menomonie, WI
  • Most pledges raised: $10,740 was raised by Ron & Nita Mathiesen, Badger Utility, Friendship, WI
  • Officer’s Choice Award: Ron & Nita Mathiesen, Badger Utility, Friendship, Wi
  • Best of Show 3rd Place, voted by Special Olympics Athletes: Jim Guyette, River Valley Express, Colby, WI
  • Best of Show 2nd Place, voted by Special Olympics Athletes: Mike Hardgrove, Whealon Towing, Fond du Lac, WI
  • Best of Show 1st Place, voted by Special Olympics Athletes: Robert Dercks, R & L Carriers, Kaukauna, WI

Over the Edge

Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics

Boldly go where few have gone before. Grab a “buddy” or go solo while rappelling down the side of Lambeau Field and/or Miller Park, while supporting Special Olympics!

To get started, secure your spot by registering today, and start raising funds. You will create a fundraising page where friends and family can live vicariously through you with their donations.

You need only to fundraise a $1,000 to experience this thrilling event. Or, do a “Buddy Rappel” by simply raising a combined $1,500 with a friend, and the two of you can rappel side-by-side. Lastly, you can enjoy the ultimate fan experience by raising $1,500 to rappel down both Miller Park and Lambeau Field!

Once you sign up, we’ll give you plenty of tips and tricks for raising the funds like asking 50 friends to donate $20. It will be a piece of cake, we promise.

On rappel day, you’ll practice and train with professionals from Over the Edge. For the duration of the rappel, you’ll get all the technical assistance you’ll need for a safe and rewarding experience. The only requirement is that you must be at least 18 years old on the day of the event and weigh between 110 and 300 pounds.

The money you raise will support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in approximately 200 communities across Wisconsin.

There are only a limited number of spots available, so don’t delay. Claim yours today!



Capers provide planned community events that raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Region while enhancing the spirit of volunteerism and fellowship.

What is Capers?

Capers is a partnership of companies that meet year-round to plan, implement, and compete in a series of sporting events. Member companies each field teams of 20-100 employees, family members and friends to participate. Special Olympic athletes serve as Honorary Head Coaches and compete along side the corporate participants. Competition among the Capers companies is both fierce and friendly. Top finishers in each event receive medals, and the corporation accumulating the most points at the end of all Capers events receives an impressive traveling trophy at the Capers Day Closing Ceremony which includes a video presentation of the Capers highlights. Capers are unusual because it is planned, organized, and implemented by representatives from each Capers Company who meet monthly as a Steering Committee from September to May. Additional company representatives serve on event sub-committees and helping in the planning and recruitment within their individual companies for each event.

2014 Events

CAPERS BOWLING - Register Online
Saturday, March 29, 2014
AMF West Lanes – Milwaukee, WI

Friday, May 2, 2014
Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex – Brookfield, WI

CAPERS GOLF OPEN - Register Online
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Geneva National Golf Club – Lake Geneva, WI

***Special Room Rate***
Rate for Geneva Ridge Resort – $99 Click on “Stay” to view the rooms available. Rooms can be booked by calling (262) 245-7000. Be sure to mention Special Olympics at time of booking.
***Coming in early? Golf Monday too!***
$68 for Capers golfers that golf the day before the outing. Call Geneva National at (262) 245-7000 to make your tee time.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Lafollette Park – 9418 W. Washington St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

- The largest of the multiple Capers events is the signature event, at which corporate teams compete in a variety of athletic and non-athletic events including Softball, Bocce Ball, Croquet, and Bingo, among others. Points are awarded in each event. A traveling trophy is presented during Closing Ceremony to the company accumulating the most points.

What companies are involved?

AT&T, American Family Insurance, Eaton Corporation, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, Wells Fargo, and We Energies.

What are the benefits to the participating companies?

Goodwill and company spirit are generated through friendly competition as well as sense of accomplishment in setting and exceeding goals. Each company benefits from the partnership with Special Olympics, rated the nation's #1 most credible charity. It's a tremendous opportunity to enhance corporate image, strengthen camaraderie among employees, promote volunteerism, and celebrate corporate and community values.

Who benefits?

Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Region – serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties - has been the designated beneficiary of funds raised by Capers since 1985. Since 1985 Capers has raised over 1.8 million dollars for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Wisconsin-Greater Milwaukee Area serves over 2,200 athletes. Capers is the largest single source of revenue for the Special Olympics in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Funds are raised through multiple sources - member company's sponsor fees ($700), event auctions, t-shirt sales, event participation fees and pledges, concessions and golf outing fees.

December 2014
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MedFest 2014 a great success for athletes, students and volunteers alike
2014-12-17 17:31:24 - By: Bari Bates
On December 6, during Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Northern Fall Sports Tournament, 46 athletes received a free sports physical as part of the fourth annual MedFest event. Volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students led this free health screening. The screening consists of the following stations: medical history, height and weight, blood pressure, cardiology test, musculoskeletal test, orthopedic tests, abdominal evaluation, and a check-out station.
Featured Family-The Dohertys
2014-12-16 10:35:55 - By: Christina Harris
As children of a former professional soccer player, Ava, Bailey and Cole Doherty are natural athletes. Bailey, 5, was born with Down syndrome and loves to climb, run and jump. That's just her personality. She plays with her older sister Ava, 7, and younger brother Cole, 2, regularly.
Meet Coach Dean Glaze
2014-11-24 14:15:05 - By: Christina Harris
Dean Glaze, a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, volunteered at a Special Olympics tournament as part of an adaptive physical education class in 1979. What began as a class requirement became a passion. Today, he’s a special needs teacher in Neillsville who has travelled across the globe to coach athletes in national and international Special Olympics competitions.
November is National Diabetes Month
2014-11-04 12:47:18 - By: Christina Harris
Diabetes is an ever-growing health concern that affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. alone. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for preventable diseases because they often do not receive the healthcare they need, which can be linked to high body mass index, high blood pressure and low activity rates—all contributing factors to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Take simple steps to help lower everyone's risk of diabetes & improve everyday health.
Meet Wisconsin's World Games Delegates
2014-11-04 11:25:07 - By: Christina Harris
Watch out Los Angeles! A few new stars are coming to town. Three Wisconsin athletes, three coaches, two staff members and one Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg runner will take center stage when they represent Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games from July 25-August 2, 2015. Meet your Team USA representatives!
Project UNIFY is for YOU!
2014-11-03 16:22:24 - By: Christina Harris
If you thought you missed your chance to learn more about Project UNIFY at one of the three Leadership Forums, you are in luck, because we recorded one of them!
There's an APP for that!
2014-11-03 16:22:16 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin's Healthy Communities is leading the way in providing access to meaningful, relevant health resources and education for athletes and coaches. The use of mobile devices is a revolutionary new platform to share valuable disability and health information. Generally apps may cost a couple of dollars to purchase, however there are also a number of handy free apps available.
World's Largest Truck Convoy raises more than $122,000!
2014-11-03 16:22:09 - By: Christina Harris
On September 20, truckers and law enforcement officials raised a record-shattering $122,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin at the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf & Sons.
Featured Athlete-Jodi Zimmerman
2014-11-03 11:26:41 - By: Christina Harris
Knocking down pins is Jodi Zimmerman’s idea of a good time. Every Saturday, she polishes her purple bowling ball, ties up her white bowling shoes, rubs her lucky 300 pin for good luck and heads to the alley.
Buy an Icon, Teach Athletes Employability Skills
2014-11-03 11:09:30 - By: Christina Harris
It may just look like a piece of paper, but when you buy an icon at your local Kwik Trip store from November 7 to 20, you are transforming the life of a Special Olympics athlete. Buying an icon not only helps future athletes enjoy gift of sport, it can teach them employability skills needed to join the workforce. Two Kwik Trip employees witnessed these benefits first-hand.
High School Senior Builds Life-Long Friendships through Club Unify
2014-10-30 10:43:44 - By: Maddie Hamburg, Mt. Horeb High School Senior
Club Unify got off to a strong start this school year with students gathering after school to plan for the homecoming parade. We played get-to-know-you games for our new club members, shared snacks and brainstormed ideas about our part of the parade. Our big goal was to stand out to the community so together, we decided to tie-dye T-shirts and wear them in the parade. The week before homecoming, we held another meeting after school and had a tie-dye party. It was a blast!
Eight-Year-Old Athlete Garners National Attention After Scoring Touchdown at High School Game
2014-10-29 09:40:05 - By: Christina Harris
With 11 older, athletic brothers and sisters, Gabe White was born cheering on his role models from the sidelines. This year, his big brother Owen’s freshmen football team at Rhinelander High School, recognized him for his positive attitude off the playing field, naming as an honorary captain. Whether he’s punting with the team during practice or playing catch on the sidelines during games, Gabe brings a smile to everyone’s face.A few weeks ago, the team decided it was time to return the favor.
Featured Young Athlete: Adventures with Henry by Beth Wisniewski
2014-10-15 14:24:37 - By: Christina Harris
When Henry was born in April 2012, little did I realize the kind of adventures he would get me into! We could tell early on that Henry would be a rough-housing, playing in the dirt, kind of boy. When we pick him up from day care, he is covered head to toe in dirt from playing outside. A day is not complete if he doesn’t wrestle with Daddy. Henry should be having all these adventures. But me? There is no chance I’m going to do something crazy like rappelling down the side of a building!
Coaching Strengthens Athlete’s Confidence
2014-10-15 09:05:51 - By: Christina Harris
Twenty-three-year-old Becca Stelpflug was hooked on Special Olympics from the moment she shot her first three-pointer. Since she joined the organization 15 years ago, she’s competed in bowling, basketball, swimming, volleyball, snow shoeing and golf. But even the most die-hard athletes need a break now and then.
From the Desk of the Amy Verheyden, Agency Management Committee Member
2014-10-06 14:34:17 - By: Christina Harris
I had the privilege and honor these past couple of weekends to be asked to speak at the Leadership Conferences in Madison and Appleton. In talking with participants, it was evident that quite a variety of people attended…from parents, to volunteers, to Agency Managers to athletes. It was fun to see the diversity. One message was clear to me: we are all there for the same reason which is to help make the lives of the athletes who are served by Special Olympics Wisconsin better.

Contact Us

Special Olympics Wisconsin
2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718

Send Us a Message
Phone: (608) 222-1324
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities