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17-25 June 2023

The Law Enforcement Torch Run takes on its course

In the photo, the torch is carried by four young kids, who are accompanied by the mascot, a local representative wearing a gray suit, and other people in the background.
Special Olympics World Games 2023 Schönefeld 12.06.2023 Ankunft der Delegationen / Teams am Flughafen BER Team USA Foto: Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

From Athens to the Olympiastadion – but before that also from Fürstenwalde, Potsdam and Teltow to many Berlin districts. This is the route of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR®) Final Leg as part of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

Already on 7 June, the Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ was ceremonially lit in Athens, Greece. Details of the ceremony in the famous temple Zappeion Megaron can be found here. After that, the great journey of our torch began.

The flight to Berlin was followed by many representative appearances before the actual torch run started on 14 June: For four days, the Flame of Hope™ is carried through the Host Towns in Brandenburg and Berlin.

The grand finale will be the reception at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium Berlin on 17 June. Immediately after the official opening by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the emotional ignition ceremony of the flame is on the agenda.

More spectacular highlights of the Opening Ceremony and information on tickets can be found here.

But before the time comes, many happy athletes will proudly carry the flame through the streets of Brandenburg and Berlin, also to promote the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 once again before they start their competitions.

The exact routes and times of the torch run as well as more information about the background of the LETR® Final Leg can be found here:



The photo shows a scene during the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Many people and the mascot Unity are cheering towards the camera.
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The photo shows participants of the torch run. They are all stretching their hands towards the torch.
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The picture shows many people at a reception during the Torch Relay. Also there: our mascot Unity.
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The torch is carried by four people, who are accompanied by the mascot, a local representative wearing a gray suit, and other people in the background.
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