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.

Special Olympics Torch Run


march, 2018

24mar(mar 24)1:00 pm25(mar 25)1:00 pmSuper Plunge

25mar(mar 25)10:00 am11th Annual Torch Run Plunge

2018 Torch Run Committee

Detective Eric Leclerc, Co-Director
Cranston Police Department

Officer Tammy David, Co-Director
East Providence Police Department

Chief Elwood Johnson
Richmond Police Department

Chief William Ziehl
Foster Police Department

Detective Jolene Alves
Cumberland Police Department


Detective Kyle Shipley
Rhode Island State Police

Captain Alfred E. Bucco III
South Kingstown Police Department

Deputy Chief Thomas Verdi
Providence Police Department

Dispatcher Chip Wardyga
Pawtucket Police Department

Rick LaBreche
Woonsocket Fire Department (Ret.)

Special Assistant Jim Baum
Office of the Attorney General

Officer James Tiernan
West Greenwich Police Department

Steve Ferioli
Providence Fire Department

Geoff Weston
RI Sheriff’s Department

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Honorary Chair