Torch Run Final Leg

Capt. Danny Hall, SODE staff member Lisa Smith, and Capt. Pete Sawyer were part of the Final Leg team at the 2017 World Games in Austria.

Capt. Danny Hall, SODE staff member Lisa Smith, and Capt. Pete Sawyer were part of the Final Leg team at the 2017 World Games in Austria.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg for Special Olympics occurs every two years when law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes from around the world gather to carry the Flame of Hope™ to the Special Olympics World Games. The Flame of Hope™ symbolizes the courage and celebration of diversity that the Special Olympics movement represents.

The inaugural Final Leg took place as part of the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games when officers ran the Flame of Hope™ from Soldier Field in Chicago -- site of the original Special Olympics World Summer Games in 1968 -- to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., where it was then used to light the cauldron, officially marking the opening of the World Games. 

It was the start of a Final Leg tradition that has continued ever since, and now includes the USA National Summer Games. The Final Leg tradition represents the culmination of worldwide LETR events that have involved 97,000 officers from all 50 states, 12 Canadian provinces and 43 other nations, raising more than $619 million since 1981. More importantly, LETR generates worldwide awareness for Special Olympics' year-round program. 

The Final Leg not only creates awareness and excitement for the World Games, but also inspires and motivates participating law enforcement runners to increase their level of commitment to their own LETR at local Special Olympics programs. 

The following are the names of the 21 Delaware Final Leg Runners -- 18 police officers and three Special Olympics athletes -- who have represented Delaware law enforcement and Special Olympics Delaware at the Special Olympics World Games and USA Games. 

2017 - Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria - Capt. Pete Sawyer, Final Leg Runner (Delaware State Police); Lisa Smith, Final Leg Logistics Team Member (Special Olympics Delaware); Capt. Danny Hall, Final Leg Team Leader (Delaware State Police)

2015 - Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California - SPO Jennifer Riley (Department of Correction)

2014 -  Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey - Det. Danielle Martin, Final Leg Runner (Delaware State Police); Tony Bowe, Final Leg Runner (SODE athlete); Chip Simpson, Support Team Member (Delaware State Police, Ret.); Danny Hall, Team Leader (Delaware State Police)

2013 – World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea – Lt. Danny Hall (Delaware State Police)

2011 - World Summer Games in Athens, Greece – Det. Jason Stevenson (Delaware State Police)

2010 - USA National Summer Games in Lincoln, Nebraska – Major Chip Simpson (Delaware State Police)

2009 – Winter Games in Boise, Idaho – Chief Ken McLaughlin (Ocean View Police Department)

2007 – World Summer Games in Shanghai, China – Sgt. Randy Fisher (Delaware State Police)

2006 – USA National Summer Games in Ames, Iowa – Lt. Bruno Battaglia (Wilmington Police Department) 

2005 – World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan – Lt. Mark Daniels (Delaware State Police) and Special Olympics Delaware Athlete Kyle Gunton

2003 – World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland – Park Ranger Wayne Kline (Dept. of Natural Resources)

2001 – World Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska – Sgt. Rich Dennis (Delaware State Police) and Special Olympics Delaware Athlete Mark Jones. Team Leader - Capt. John Miller (ret.)

1999 – World Summer Games in Raleigh, North Carolina – Cpl. Jay King (Department of Corrections). Team Leader - Capt. John Miller (ret.)

1997 – World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada – Lt. Susan Poley (Newark Police Department). Support Team Leader - Capt. John Miller (ret.)

1995 – World Summer Games in New Haven, Connecticut – Lt. Greg Nolt (Delaware State Police). Team Leader - Capt. John Miller (ret.)

1993 – World Winter Games in Schladming, Austria – no Delaware Final Leg Runner (chosen by Region)

1991 – World Summer Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Capt. John Miller (Delaware State Police). Team Leader - Capt. John Miller

1989 – World Winter Games in Lake Tahoe, Nevada – Capt. John Miller (Delaware State Police). Team Leader - Capt. John Miller

1987 – World Summer Games in South Bend, Indiana – Lt. John Miller (Delaware State Police)