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March 18, 2018Torch Run 2009

ALETR History

ALETR for Special Olympics State History


ALETR Turns 28:

In 2013, the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run (ALETR) will celebrate its 28th anniversary. Law Enforcement Officers will continue to carry the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their cities and counties and deliver it to their local and to the state Special Olympic Games. As “Guardians of the Flame”, these heroes have given hope to hundreds of Special Olympics athletes who aspire to compete, to achieve and reach their potential.


In 2011, the ALETR raised more than $100,000 dollars statewide to benefit the Special Olympics. The funds that are raised annually support the year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Torch Run is committed to assist with the raising of funds and public awareness for Special Olympics.  



Carrying the Flame of Hope:

In 2012, the ALETR carried the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of Huntsville, Decatur, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Bessemer, Gardendale, Birmingham, Pelham, Montgomery and Troy.


The first ALETR was organized in 1985, when officers from Ozark, Montgomery, Decatur, Mobile, Huntsville, Albertville, Troy, Florence, Boaz, and US Marshal’s Office – Mobile, carried the Flame of Hope from Montgomery to Fort Rucker.  Since that time, the ALETR has spread to all corners of the state, and now involves thousands of officers at all levels of government