EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Special Olympics Torch Run will pass through East Brunswick tomorrow, as local police officers raise funds to support the Special Olympics throughout New Jersey.
Officers with the East Brunswick Police Department and surrounding towns will participate in the NJ Special Olympics Torch Run on June 9, 2017.
The runners will be heading through East Brunswick starting at approximately 10am. The runners will be coming from Spotswood via Summerhill Road onto Route 18.
They will then travel onto Racetrack Road, crossing over Highway 18 onto Old Bridge Turnpike.
From there, the runners will travel into South River, returning back into East Brunswick and onto Highway 18 at Milltown Road near Magnifico’s.
They will then run north on Highway 18 to Mid State Mall.
From there they will run down Tices Lane, crossing over Ryders Land and into Milltown.
According to the Special Olympics website, "In 1982, the late Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vitale was asked to take photos at a local Special Olympics competition in New Jersey. He was so moved by the determination exhibited by the athletes that he asked other police officers to volunteer at the Summer Games. In 1984, the first New Jersey Torch Run was conceived to raise funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey program. The course ran from Liberty State Park in Jersey City to Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick through eight towns, covering 43 miles and raising $7,000. In each succeeding year, the dollar amount became greater and the number of volunteers increased substantially.
Driven by the willingness of the New Jersey Law Enforcement officers to do more, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began to expand over the years. New fundraising events and initiatives were created and held throughout the Garden State to promote the Special Olympics movement. With over $3 million raised annually by more than 3,000 officers 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."