Special Olympics Florida Torch Run

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida


For more than 40 years, we have been Guardians of the Flame – a caring legion of protectors who stand alongside the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. We are law enforcement officers from over 300 Florida agencies, participating in a 67-county, statewide torch run to help Special Olympics Florida athletes reach their full potential. To ensure that they are treated with respect and given the opportunities they deserve.

We are part of a movement that began in 1981 and has grown into the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser supporting Special Olympics. It is a global effort that – each year – involves more than 100,000 law enforcement members carrying the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and our effort to build a world where all people are accepted and respected.

Watch the history behind the Law Enforcement Torch Run

WHY WE RUN MARCH 27th - MAY 19th

a group of police officers running in a Law Enforcement Torch Run

We run to help build a world where people with intellectual disabilities are included and accepted. We run to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. We run to empower Special Olympics Florida athletes – helping them transform themselves, their communities and the world.


March 27 – May 19


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The 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run will pass through 67 counties and include personnel from more than 300 different law enforcement agencies. The runs will take place March 27-May 19, culminating in the Final Leg, when our Guardians deliver the Flame of Hope to Special Olympics Florida’s State Summer Games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Our goal for this year’s campaign is $4.5 million.


$4.5 Million


Lissette Burgos

Photo of office LISSETTE BURGOS

I’m Lissette Burgos, a Deputy at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in the Crime Prevention Unit. I have been in law enforcement for nine years and enjoying every moment. Special Olympics Florida is special to me because inclusion and acceptance are necessary for a healthy society. The Special Olympics athletes are some of the most kind hearted and loving people and continuing the vision and the mission of Special Olympics Florida is a privilege and a pleasure.  I am humbled by the athlete’s admiration of Law Enforcement Officers and it is my duty to give back to such giving and selfless individuals.


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