Law Enforcement Torch Run

Since 1986, police officers in Oklahoma have volunteered at Special Olympics, and the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is their largest, most-visible event. Volunteers from over 180 police agencies carry torches, running routes that ultimately end at the opening ceremony held in Stillwater.

“Edmond police department participants run to the Oklahoma State Capital, uniting with other agencies,” said Tom Evans, Captain at the Edmond Police Department. “We all meet in Stillwater where there’s a huge police presence along the parade route to the lighting of the torch, kicking off the event.”

Evans started volunteering for Special Olympics in 2001 when his son, Tyler, was born with Dandy-Walker Variant. Consequently, the father/son team has participated in Special Olympics for Tyler’s entire life. “Tyler loves being outdoors. He wanted to start golfing when he was really young, so I got certification as a Special Olympics golf coach, but truthfully, he’s a better player than me!” Evans said. “The Olympics is a super-special time for our family, and we’ve both made lifelong friends, too.”

Anticipating This Summer

Because of Evans’ long-term contributions to the torch run, he was selected for the 2020 Tim Sta