LETR Awards & Honors

2020

Highlights

Each year the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council recognised the achievements of Torch Run programs from around the world. This would normally take place at the annual LETR International Conference, which did not place this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This video highlights the overall achievements of the movements as well as listing the winning programs in the various award categories.

2019

Highlights

What an incredible year 2019 was!  Just a few highlights from the year:

Click the tabs below to see the total amount raised by Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Kansas in 2019.

Throwback

Top Raisers, Past Winners, & Unsung Heroes

Top Fundraisers

2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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RICHARD LAMUNYON HALL OF FAME

The Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics. The winner’s involvement must demonstrate a sustained and significant contribution to the achievement of the goals of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run. The minimum requirements for this award are at least five (5) years of participation with the Kansas Torch Run, outstanding achievement in program development, organization and fundraising success.


Congratulations to the 2019 Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame winner Joni Showalter. Joni engaged the communities in NW Kansas to embrace SOKS, our mission, and our athletes! She led the highest fundraising LETR Region per capita for 5 consecutive years and engaged 85% of the counties within her Region. She started the Goodland Mustangs Local Program team when she realized there were potential athletes in Goodland without a team. She was responsible for creating and hosting the first “Community Torch Run” in Kansas. Serving as the leader in our new style of events.

PAST WINNERS

JOHN CARION UNSUNG HERO AWARD

The John Carion Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on a local, state or community level. The John Carion “Unsung Hero” is someone who contributes to the Torch Run and Special Olympics in spirit, dedication and enthusiasm in an effective and unheralded fashion. The award was created to honor the memory of Sgt. John Carion, Sterling Heights (MI) Police Department and his many contributions to the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics. The Unsung Hero award is a tribute to Sergeant John Carion, who epitomized the term “Unsung Hero” during his lifetime before his untimely death in a plane crash in January, 1994. John was a low-key, quiet, but effective leader in the Torch Run effort, especially in the areas of law enforcement volunteerism for Special Olympics and furthering the ideals of Unified Sports in Special Olympics.

KANSAS UNSUNG HEROES

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