Torch Run Special Olympics RI

Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials throughout the world whose mission is to raise dollars and awareness of the Special Olympics Movement worldwide.

Special Olympics Rhode Island is the only state to include police departments, fire departments, RI State Police and the Dept. of Corrections as part of the Torch Run, providing significant financial and public awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island. They also provide volunteer support to all Special Olympics Rhode Island Area and State Competitions by presenting medals to our athletes.

At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an annual running event in which representatives from police, fire, corrections and state police run the “Flame of Hope” throughout Rhode Island to the SORI State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.

Fundraising events are conducted year-round in Rhode Island that include a Plunge, Motorcycle Run, Golf Tournament and an ever-evolving menu of events on a local level.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Torch Run, please contact Tracy Garabedian.


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2022 Torch Run Committee

Detective Eric Leclerc, Co-Director
Cranston Police Department

Corporal Tammy David, Co-Director
East Providence Police Department

Chief Elwood Johnson
Richmond Police Department

Chief William Ziehl (retired)
Foster Police Department

Sergeant Jolene Alves
Cumberland Police Department

Detective Kyle Shibley
Rhode Island State Police

Dep. Chief Alfred E. Bucco III
South Kingstown Police Department

Firefighter Cipriano Illiano
Providence Fire Department

Dispatcher Chip Wardyga
Pawtucket Police Department

Rick LaBreche
Woonsocket Fire Department (Ret.)

Special Assistant Jim Baum
Office of the Attorney General

Sergeant Peter Leclerc
Cranston Police Department

Chief Scott Raynes
Little Compton Police Department

Officer Jonathan McHugh
South Kingstown Police Department

Officer Frank Mataiese
South Kingstown Police Department