Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR®) is a long-lasting tradition at the Special Olympic World Games and gets everyone excited about the upcoming event.

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ will be lit on 7 June in Athens, Greece, and will then travel through Germany before arriving ceremoniously at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

Impressions of the torch run at the Special Olympics National Games Berlin 2022
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Inclusion Day powered by Special Olympics World Games

We have launched the initiative "Inclusion Day powered by Special Olympics World Games" as an additional program to the traditional LETR® Final Leg. The goal is to create awareness for the Special Olympics movement throughout Germany.

As part of this, all Host Towns will have the opportunity to celebrate their own Torch Run together with the international delegations on 13 June 2023.

Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg

The original torch run, also known as the LETR® Final Leg, will take place from 14 to 17 June 2023.

As background info: Already since 1981, a tradition has grown in the USA, the country of origin of the Special Olympic movements. The LETR was founded there by six police officers and until today employees of local police authorities contribute to the torch run as well as collect donations. LETR® exists in 51 countries with more than 110,000 members. Hence the registered name is Law Enforcement Torch Run - in short LETR®.

Police officers will also be present at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin. They will carry the flame together with athletes to the Opening Ceremony. The LETR® Final Leg will be a 4-day event in Berlin and Brandenburg.


More information about the background story of the Law Enforcement Torch Run can be found here.

The photo shows the faces of the games Lilly Binder and Robert Herberg, who together carry the "Flame of Hope", smiling proudly.
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On the photo you can see a torch that burns
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The photo shows a scene of the Opening Ceremony of the National Games in Berlin. In the center is the big torch flame and around it are some people taking photos of it while cheering.
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On this photo you see Robert Herberg, face of the Special Olympics National Games Berlin 2022, and athlete Juliana Rößler hold the Special Olympics torch together. They run on the blue track in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
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The photo shows an athlete with the Special Olympics torch in his hand. Around him are many people who are also touching the torch and smiling.
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The picture shows a group of people at the torch relay. Paralympics athlete Mathias Mester is running in the foreground. He holds a torch in his hand and smiles. Behind him run many people carrying a banner and flags.
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In the photo, many people are running hand in hand. It is the last round of the torch relay.
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In the picture there is a group of people, each holding a torch up and together. It is the ceremony where the torches of the national federations are united into the one flame of the National Games.
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The LETR® Final Leg will be held at the following locations:


14 June

Bernau bei Berlin und Panketal

15 June

Brandenburg an der Havel
Kleinmachnow und Teltow

16 June

17 June

Tempelhof-Schöneberg und Neukölln