Press Release Provided by the Chillicothe Police Department:

The Chillicothe Police Department is selling 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts.  According to Special Olympics Missouri (2009), “The vision of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was brought to life by Col. Ralph Biele of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  He and the Missouri Police Chief’s Association decided to rally all law enforcement to hold a fundraiser for Special Olympics – and the rest is sort of history.  What began in 1968 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners.  It originates in more than 42 locations and culminates in Springfield, the site of the State Summer Games.  But, it’s more than a run;  the Torch Run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.  The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics.  Nearly 200 agencies and 2,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal; they are some of our greatest volunteers.  Col. Biele once said, ‘A lot of people get involved with Special Olympics because they feel they need to give something back.  I have found that I have gained and learned more from these Special Olympics athletes than I could ever give or teach them.’  In 1986, the LETR raised $15,000 and in 2009 they raised $1,547,877 ranking them No. 7 in the world for funds raised.  All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 15,000 athletes across the state.”  All proceeds collected by the Chillicothe Police Department will go toward this campaign.  Short sleeve shirts cost $10 and long sleeve shirts cost $15.  To purchase a 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics shirt, contact Lieutenant Matt Rodriguez at the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.