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  • Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Polar Plunge

    Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1981 when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with Special Olympics and local communities by running the torch in intra-state relays that converge at Summer Games.

    Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run. In Oregon, more than 1,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county, and local agencies participate in the year-round Torch Run campaign.

    Law Enforcement Torch Run is a three-pronged year-round program:

    ATHLETE ENCOURAGEMENT
    Adding much to the joy of Special Olympians, Torch Run Oregon volunteers participate in Awards and Games Ceremonies throughout the year at all Regional and State Competitions.

    PUBLIC AWARENESS
    In the summer, Torch Run Oregon volunteers and Special Olympians carry the Flame of Hope through more than 30 counties statewide. A Relay Celebration is held in the city hosting Summer Games to cheer on all the runners.

    FUNDRAISING
    Fundraising is done throughout the year to ensure Special Olympians can participate in the program free of charge. Funds are raised in many different ways, including: Polar Plunges, recruiting sponsors, T-shirt sales, Relay Pledges, Tip-a-Cops, the Harley Raffle, and Cops on Shops.  Funds raised by Torch Run support Local Programs and Regional & State Competitions so that athletes can take part in the sports that they love.

    TORCH RUN OREGON

    • Strengthens the camaraderie of officers within the same agency and between different agencies in the state.
    • Benefits people in the local community.
    • Supports a well-respected charity in the local community.
    • Creates positive community relations.

     

     

  • Beavs vs. Ducks Challenge

    Declare your allegiance as a Duck or Beaver when you register to plunge and make sure your team brings home the trophy!

  • Too chicken to Plunge?

    Too Chicken to plunge?

    You can still make a positive impact by joining a team or raising money for Special Olympics Oregon. Register, and when it asks if you are a plunger or a chicken, give the honest answer.  Click here for more information.

  • School challenge

    School Challenge

    Polar Plunge is a wild, zany and fun opportunity for you to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by getting your friends and classmates to join you in your plunge into an icy Oregon body of water.                Click here to for more info  .             

  • Super Plunge!

    What is the Super Plunge? Over a 24 hour period, Super Plungers will take 24 icy dips (once every hour) in the height of winter. All Super Plungers will live in a heated shelter during this intense, fun and wild round-the-clock adventure.  Click here for more information.

  • Special Olympics Oregon

    Special Olympics Oregon

    The Special Olympics Oregon mission is to provide year-round sports and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and community. In Oregon, Click here to find out more.

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Sponsor We Love: Starbucks

You probably knew that Starbucks started as a single store in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. But did you know they got their name from a character in Moby Dick? They chose it to evoke the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.

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Sponsor We Love: Coke

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.

Their flagship beverage Coca-Cola is one of the world's most recognizable brands.

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A Sponsor We Love: PEMCO Insurance

We want to give a huge thank you to one of our most generous sponsors. PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance.

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