CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High School students, administrators and teachers joined the Chatham Township Police Department Friday for the Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

Chatham Township Police Officers Muta Blanford and Anthony LoPorto organized the local run through Chatham as part of the 33rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The participants started at Cougar Field and ran the loop route that included Shunpike to Lafayette to Southern Boulevard and back to Shunpike, ending where it started.

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"The New Jersey Special Olympics is one of the few in the country that is completely free for the athletes," Blanford said.

The New Jersey Special Olympics is being held this weekend at The College of New Jersey.

The CHS team consisted of 28 students, most of whom participate in the track and cross-country programs, as well as six staff members, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and even the superintendent, Dr. Mike LaSusa and assistant principal Lori Gironda.

Track and cross country coach Nick DeSantis was instrumental in recruiting students for this experience, and the group raised over $600.00 for the Special Olympics of New Jersey through the event.