Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever Virtual Torch Run! We had so much fun that we are excited to announce that we are extending our first-ever Virtual Torch Run through next Sunday 10/25. Registration is closed, but if you have already signed up, keep logging miles in our Strava group, fundraising, and sharing your pictures and videos with us. If you weren't able to join us for our Athlete Speaker Series, check out all of the replays below!

A flame has been ignited under our fundraising efforts, and we hit our $50,000 goal on day 1! Our new challenge to you is to raise $75,000 as a group. An additional $25,000 will support 100 SOMD athletes for an entire sports season. Keep posting, logging, and fundraising because we are all fighting for one goal, to keep the Flame of Hope alive!


out of $75,000


out of 2,020 miles

Join us virtually through WBAL-TV 11's Facebook Live stream for the official kick-off of our first-ever Virtual Torch Run. Watch as the Flame of Hope is delivered to our ceremony and lights the LETR cauldron that will burn bright for the following week. Hear from our SOMD athlete as they give a preview of what to expect next week in our LETR speaker series.

Strava Group & Race Bibs


The time has come! We will be sending out our printable Virtual Torch Run race bibs and link to the Strava group around 9:00am on Saturday morning. Be sure to join the Strava group over the weekend so you are ready to log your miles starting on Monday, October 12th. If you don't have a printer at home, don't worry - way to be green! We'll show you how to make your own at home using recyclable materials. 

  • Saturday, October 10th

  • 9:00am

  • Check your inboxes!

Name a sport. Name any of the 27 different sports Special Olympics Maryland offers and SOMD Annu Singleton has played it. Annu is a SOMD Athlete Leader from Baltimore City and has been competing for 17 years! Annu is one of the funniest people you will ever meet and can always bring a smile to your face. Check out Annu's speech and Q&A replay. Links in the list!

You may know the name Michael Heup. You may think that guy looks familiar. Well, it's because you saw Michael at the White House 5 months ago where he gave a speech on the importance of inclusion in the workplace... and crushed it! Michael is an athlete from Anne Arundel County who competes in Tennis, Track & Field, and Basketball. Check out Michael's speech and Q&A replay!

LETR Fam Fitness! Join our hosts, Elaina Camacho and Captain Joe Alton in a workout led through Zoom! If you haven't joined our Fam Fitness sessions before, now is your chance! These 45-minute workouts are will get your heart rate moving and are a guaranteed fun time. Watch the replay using the link below!

SOMD Athlete Leader, Staff Member, Health Messenger, Super Plunger...(you get it, he's awesome), Adam Hays for the mid-week LETR athlete speaker series! Listen to Adam's inspiring speech about how SOMD and LETR have impacted his life, and hang around for a Q&A session where you will be able to as Adam any question you have on your mind!

Ms. Elaina Camacho... or should we say Law Enforcement Torch Run Athlete Ambassador Camacho? Elaina is an athlete from Anne Arundel County and plays a vital role as the Athlete Leader for our Law Enforcement Torch Run. Elaina is the first female LETR Ambassador and is proud of it! Be sure to tune in Thursday, October 15th for Elaina's speech and live Q&A!

Give a theme and we will run with it (pun intended)! SOMD Athlete Leader, Willie Okobokekeimei hosted for our Torch Run themed Move Meeting this Friday. Move Meetings are 20-minute workouts designed to give you that mid-day break. If you weren't able to join us, click the link in the list to watch the replay!

Monique "Mo" Matthews. Our five-part speaker series conclude on Friday with SOMD Athlete Leader, Monique Matthews. Monique is an athlete from Baltimore County who competes in Track & Field. You may have seen Monique at last year's Brave in the Attempt Talks or running into the Chesapeake Bay at the Polar Bear Plunge. Click the links on the list!