MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police Department participated with more than 3,000 other law enforcement officers in the June 9 Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games.

The annual event, now in its 27th year traversing Montville Township, saw township officers running, riding bicycles and even pushing loved ones in a stroller during the four-mile Montville Township portion to help carry the "Flame of Hope” to the Olympics.

There were 26 separate torch routes and the culmination was the lighting of the Special Olympics New Jersey cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. The 2017 Summer Games were held at The College of New Jersey, an event that featured more than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes, according to the torch run website. The run traveled through more than 300 towns, covering 750 miles on foot. The money that is raised provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes.

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Patrolman Bob Blasi, Torch Run coordinator for Montville PBA 140, has run every year and said the event raised between $500 and $1,000 towards the Special Olympics.

“We’re very thankful for the generosity of Aboyoun & Heller, Columbia Inn, Montville Inn, RAR, and Valero,” he said.