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Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)  Now Cruiser Convoy

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)  Now Cruiser Convoy

Saturday, June 13, 2020 starting at Berkshire Mall (still finalizing which lot), 123 Old State Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Law Enforcement agencies arrive at 10:00 am.

Special Olympics Massachusetts is hosting a Virtual Summer Games for the athletes on the weekend of June 12th – 13th. LETR has always been a huge supporter of Summer Games, and we intend to continue that tradition during this pandemic. The Chiefs of Police Associations in each MA county will organize a Cruiser Convoy with local agencies including police, fire, sheriff’s, etc. for June 13th at 10:00 AM to show support for the Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes who live, work, and are social distancing within our communities. We know the Special Olympics MA athletes will be eagerly anticipating your parade-style arrivals!

Who can participate?

Any public safety vehicle! Whether you have department cruisers, trucks, motorcycles, vans, fire trucks, ambulances, helicopters, you name it – please come out to support the athletes! The more the merrier and remember to tag Special Olympics Massachusetts and Mass LETR in your posts so we can reshare!

Please select Join to register your agency and create a page where you can ask for donations. You can create a team for your law enforcement agency where multiple people can register and fundraise. Or, you can register and donate whatever your department is comfortable with. If you require an invoice, please email us and let us know!

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Pittsfield 2020 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge CANCELLED

The Pittsfield 2020 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28 – 29, 2020 at Bousquet Ski Mountain, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

This is actually two plunges in one event.

The Super Plunge will begin on the 28th and the Polar Plunge will be held on the 31st. Super Plungers will jump into a frigid pool once every hour for 24 consecutive hours. Polar Plungers will take the leap on the final hour on March 29th.

The event is sponsored by the Berkshire Law Enforcement Torch Run Program and Special Olympics, Massachusetts, Bousquet Mountain and the Pittsfield Police Dept.

There is no entry fee for either the Poultry Plunge or the Super Plunge, but there are fundraising requirements for each.

Community  Plungers must raise $100 for their one-time shot and Super Plungers must fundraise $1000 each.

To register (or for more information) go to :

The event schedule is as follows:

Sat. March 28th

Noon    Super Plunge begins (one plunge per hour)

Sun. March 29th

Registration and safety briefing before Community Plunge

11:00 am  Community  Plunge and final Super Plunge

Coffee, light refreshments , fundraising and costume awards following Plunges.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. To learn more, visit

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“Freezin for a Reason” Season

It’s “Freezin for a Reason” Season.

As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen, so goes the old timers’ adage. We know that winter has a ways to go- it is still skiing, skating, basketball and now…cold water diving season.

Crazy folks throughout the world jump into frigid waters for all sorts of reasons- traditions, celebrations, rites of passage, supposed health benefits, but it is a particularly American trait to endure this kind of discomfort for charity.

But be careful what you call it. Both “Polar Plunge” and Polar Bear Plunge” have been trademarked by Special Olympics.

Three such events are coming up soon to a body of water near you in the sportingAcause Tri-state area.

The format is pretty much the same for all of them- entrants fundraise in the days and weeks before the event and bring a certain minimum amount to the event to qualify to plunge. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to participate.

On March 2nd, the Winsted Penguin Plunge, billed as the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut, will be held at the Highland Lake Boat Launch in Winsted.

Then on March 30th and 31st, the Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held on Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. Now this event takes winter discomfort to a whole new level. In addition to the conventional plunge on March 31st, especially masochistic enthusiasts, who have raised a minimum of $1,000, have earned the right to plunge once an hour starting on March 30th for 24 consecutive hours. Their 24th and final plunge coincides with the one-timers. Now that’s dedication! This event supports Special Olympics Massachusetts.

On April 7th, the Spring Splash will be held at The Grove on Lakeville Lake in Lakeville, CT. This event supports two popular local causes- the Jane Lloyd Fund and the John Rice Scholarship Fund. I must note that 50% of the entrants for Spring Splash are high school students from area public and private schools. Way to go Kids!

By the way, you don’t have to submerge yourself in frigid waters to participate- go to one or more of these events and watch the fun from high ground. Donations are always appreciated.

By the time the Spring Splash wraps up, who knows, maybe we’ll be golfin!

Til next time.


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