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2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run

THANK YOU to all of the participants that came out yesterday for our Gerrish Township Community Run for Special Olympics Michigan!! We had 56 runners/walkers/bicyclists and even 3 canine friends that participated in the 5K route that started at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park.

Participants were escorted by the Gerrish Twp. Police Department, Gerrish Twp. Fire Department and the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office. Everyone enjoyed refreshments, hot dogs and chips afterwards.

Our event raised $2,300.00 which will go toward the 2021 State Campaign goal of $77,500. The Campaign total is currently over this goal by $8,000 and Run Week is still going on.

All funds raised support Special Olympic athletes who compete all year in the Special Olympics Michigan games. A portion of the funds raised by each community group will help support athletes in local areas. Thank you to Mike Eva, SOMI Area 4 for arranging an aid station along the route and to the three local Special Olympic athletes that bicycled during our event.

A huge THANK YOU to the Gerrish Twp. Police Officers and Gerrish CERT Team that provided assistance during the event and to the Roscommon Area Public Schools for providing bus transportation and to Roscommon Family Fare for providing hot dogs and water.

A special THANK YOU to the local agencies that participated including the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, MSP, Kirtland Police Academy Cadets and the DNR Law Enforcement Division.

THANK YOU also to the citizens that came out to support this wonderful cause. Your participation has provided hope, courage and inspiration to those with intellectual disabilities.

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR FOR THE 2022 LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN!!

Design for the 2021 Annual Torch Run Shirts (included with your $30 Registration Fee)

PRE-RUN Shirts are $10 each and available in sizes from Adult Small to XX Large. Heather blue color in a 65/35 poly/cotton blend. Help support Special Olympics Michigan and purchase your shirts while they are in stock. Available at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and The Bird & The Bear Grill. TORCH RUN will take place September 15, 2021. This is a 5K run/walk/bicycle event that will begin at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and end at the South Higgins Lake State Park.

2021 Torch Run Registration Information

Registration Fee is $30 per person and includes an annual Run Week Shirt. The Gerrish Township Community Run is a 5K Run/Walk/Bicycle event that starts at the Gerrish Township Police Department and ends at the South Higgins Lake State Park pavilion by the boat basin/launch area. Bus transportation will be provided for the return trip from the park back to the PD and hot dogs, chips and water will be provided at the end of the run. Registration will start at 5:00 p.m. on the date of the run, September 15, 2021 and the run will start at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate you can pre-register online at https://www.classy.org/event/2021-letr-run-week-for-special-olympics-michigan/e341267 or pick up a registration form at the Gerrish Police Dept. or print the PDF form: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021-Registration-Form.pdf

2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run

Run Week September 11-18, 2020

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER INCLUDING INFORMATION ON THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL EVENT AND SHIRT SALES: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/LETR-Virtual-Event-2020-Flyer.pdf

This year’s annual Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan has been changed to a VIRTUAL EVENT. The reason behind going VIRTUAL for this year’s event is to keep this ongoing tradition alive while making sure everyone stays safe and healthy and to encourage fundraising for LETR and the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan.

Run Week is scheduled for September 11th – 18th this year. Run Week is one of LETR’s largest awareness tools and fundraising events. If you would like to participate in this year’s VIRTUAL EVENT, please follow this link: http://give.classy.org/runweek2020.

Your $30 donation fee will include a commemorative shirt that will be shipped directly to you. You can create a team or run/walk/jog by yourself. Depending on social distancing guidelines coming this fall, you may be able to walk with others in your community, organization or department. During Run Week, wear your shirts when you go out and run/walk/jog with a group (whatever is approved at that time), solo, family, friends or even your dogs. Take photos and submit them showing you participated in the Virtual Run for LETR/SOMI with the following hashtags: #LETRMIVIRTUAL or #LETRMI. Your photos will be posted throughout that week on Facebook page “Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run.”

We also currently have pre-run sale shirts available at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department for $10 each! These shirts are a heather gray 50/50 cotton/poly blend with the printed design as shown in the above photo on the front and the sponsors on the back. These are available in Adult sizes S-XXL. If you would like to purchase shirts, please contact Julie Hill at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or email at jhill@gerrishpolice.org and we will hold one with your name on it or you can pick them up at the Police Department. (These shirts are different from the shirts that you get if you register for the event.)

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN and half of the funds raised by our Community Run will go to our local Special Olympics Athletes. Please help us out in supporting this VIRTUAL event!!

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run

The 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Registration will begin at 5 pm at the Gerrish Township Police Department. The run will begin at 6pm. The run will begin at the Gerrish Township Police Department and end at the South Higgins Lake State Park Boat Basin Pavilion. There will be hot dogs, chips, and water provided at the end of the event. Participants are welcome to run, walk, or bike!

We can not wait to see everyone at this event!

To register please click on the link to sign up online or to print a registration form and turn it in to the Gerrish Township Police Department. All participants that register prior to August 26, 2019 will be guaranteed to receive a t-shirt at the event. All participants that register after August 26, 2019 will receive a t-shirt depending on if the Special Olympics of Michigan have a t-shirt remaining in that size.

Click here to register online: http://give.classy.org/gerrish19

Click here for a PDF Printable Registration Form: Registration Form

Click here for a PDF Printable Poster: Poster

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run pre-run shirts and raffle tickets are still available to purchase. The t-shirts are $10.00 each and the raffle tickets are $5.00 each.  The t-shirts are available in sizes Small – XX Large. The raffle ticket prizes include: 1st – 2019 Ford Escape, 2nd – $1,000 Gift Card, and 3rd – Lap Top. T-shirts and / or raffle tickets can be purchased at the Gerrish Township Police Department or by contacting Officer Fick at sfick@gerrishpolice.org. The pre-run t-shirt design is below.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SHIRTS, RAFFLE TICKETS, AND THE RUN WILL GO TO MICHIGAN SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run

Lighting the Torch “Flame of Hope” was Special Olympian Steward Miller (right) of St. Helen and retired Michigan State Police Lt. Mark Uribe.

Click here for a video:  IMG_5810 “Carrying the Flame”

(Photos courtesy of Houghton Lake Resorter – Sept. 13, 2018)

The Gerrish Township Community Run for the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run was held on September 11, 2018.  The run started at the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Center and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park Boat Basin area (at the picnic pavilion).  Runners and bikers were provided water, hot dogs and chips compliments of Family Fare of Roscommon.

$1150 was raised from the event which supports Special Olympics of Michigan and half of the funds we raise support our local Special Olympic Athletes!

Thank you to all of the participants including the Houghton Lake Cross Country Team, DNR State Park employees, Sheriff Ed Stern and the Kirtland Community College Regional Police Academy Cadets, the Gerrish CERT team, Gerrish Police Officers and event coordinator Officer Shannon Fick.

Next year will be the 10th Annual LETR sponsored by Gerrish Twp. Police Department.  We will be moving the run back to a Wednesday (usually the second week in September) and are going to try to start at 5:00 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. so that we can get more participation for this very worthwhile event.

2018 pre-run fundraising shirts are available for purchase at the Gerrish Township Police Department.  These are different from the participant shirts and are a 65% polyester/35% cotton blend (pre-shrunk) in black with the above printing on the front in white and gold.  They are $10 each and are available in sizes Small through 2XL.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE RUN AND THE SHIRT SALES GOES TO MICHIGAN SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run

Thank you to all the participants and volunteers that made our Gerrish 2017 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run a great success!  We had 67 participants and raised over $1700 for Michigan Special Olympics.  The run took place on September 13, 2017 and started at the Gerrish Township Municipal Center and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park boat launch area.

Click here for a PDF printable Registration Form: LETR 2017 Registration Form

Click here for a PDF printable poster: Gerrish Township Poster 2017

Pre-run shirts are available as a fundraiser for Michigan Special Olympics for $10.00 each.  They are available in sizes Small – XX Large and can be purchased at the Gerrish Township Police Department.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SHIRTS AND THE RUN WILL GO TO MICHIGAN SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

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Thank you to all the participants, volunteers and local law enforcement members that participated in our Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics that took place on SEPTEMBER 14, 2016.    We changed the run route up a bit this year and started at the Gerrish Township Municipal Center and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park boat launch area where refreshments and hot dogs were served.  Transportation was provided from the South State Park back to the Gerrish Township Municipal Center parking lot.  We had 64 participants including the Kirtland Community College Regional Police Academy Cadets and a team from the Roscommon County Department of Health and Human Services.  Our community run is one in a series of more than 2-dozen community runs that were scheduled this September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run Week!

We are proud to announce that we raised approximately $2400.00 and a major portion of those proceeds goes directly to our local Special Olympic athletes!

Thank you for your Support and we look forward to hosting our next Annual LETR Gerrish Community Run in September of 2017.

2016 Torch Run Photos

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2015 Torch Run Photos

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2014 Torch Run Photos

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