BELMAR, NJ — Members of the Belmar Police Department are participating today, June 9, in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Converging at the Shop-Rite on Route 35 in Wall early this morning, they were on their way to meet up with the Spring Lake Police Department and then pass the “Flame of Hope” to the Avon-by-the-Sea runners.

More than 3,000 police officers, correction officers and support personnel are participating in this signature event, with 26 separate runs weaving their way throughout the state and coming together as a single flame to light the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics New Jersey’s Summer Games at the College of New Jersey, Ewing.

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“This event is the highlight of our year of fundraising for (Special Olympics New Jersey) as more than 2,500 athletes come together for a weekend of competition, camaraderie and friendship,” according to a Facebook post on the Law Enforcement Torch Run New Jersey page.

With more $3 million raised annually through local and statewide events, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized in the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics.

Fundraising events that are conducted year-round in New Jersey include an Adopt-a-Cop campaign for the annual Torch Run, three Polar Bear Plunges, the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K, the United Airlines Plane Pull and golf outings just to name a few. In addition to fundraising, Law Enforcement officers volunteer at athlete competitions and events year-round, while serving as ambassadors in local communities, according to the Special Olympics New Jersey

For more information on how to donate visit www.sonj.org.

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