MIDDLETOWN/HOLMDEL, N.J. - The Annual Torch Run for Special Olympics made its way through Monmouth County today and it was an inspiration to both the runners and the supporters who cheered them on cleared the roadways for the run. Throughout the State of New Jersey, law enforcement officers don running gear instead of uniforms as they carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout the Garden State as a welcome to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

After traveling more than 750 miles, this flame will eventually make its way to light the cauldron to signal the official start of the Summer Games, the largest competition event of the year. 

On the Middletown side of Route 35 North, they came. Heading towards Holmdel and on to Hazlet and beyond, members of law enforcement carried the torch for Special Olympics. In one area near Target in Middletown, Holmdel Police, Fire and First Aid were staged to support and help pass the torch. The local businesses were exceptionally supportive here. Specifically, Exxon Gas Station and the new convenience store and Dunkin Donuts franchise that opened on the site.

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Middletown came in force and made a successful pass to Holmdel, who carried the torch forward to light the way towards Special Olympics 2018. Businesses and residents along the way expressed enthusiasm and support. Title Boxing, with a location in the Holmdel Kohl's Plaza and many law enforcement members, was on hand to cheer them on. The torch bearers and fellow runners carried forth, passing the torch to Hazlet law enforcement. With the torch leading the way, Special Olympics and the significance it brings to so many was in first place along the entire route. See the passing of the torch here:

 

Find out more about the Torch Run here: https://www.sonj.org/partners/law-enforcement-torch-run/special-events/annual-torch-run/