SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Almost two dozen police officers spent Friday literally “on the run,” but they weren’t chasing criminals. They were raising some $10,000 for Special Olympics during the annual Torch Run.

Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka thanked all the students, teachers, staff, and police officers who made yesterday’s Torch Run a success.

“It was a record-breaking year for the run.  The run was a huge success, with the most amount of money raised and the largest number of officers running,” he said. “Most towns participate in one run; our officers did three different runs in the township. The event highlights the strength of our relationships with the schools and businesses in the Township.”

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The annual torch run raises money for NJ Special Olympics.

According to the Special Olympics website, the annual run takes a torch, passed off between several law enforcement agencies to the opening of the state and national games.

New Jersey games take place at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.

Some 85,000 officers run through 46 different countries, 10 Canadian Provinces and all 50 states in the United States, raising $51 million in 2014, and more than $560 million since it started in 1981, according to the organization.

Police said the 22 South Brunswick Officers who ran raised money by having people sponsor them.

In addition, students and staff at the schools purchased special tee shirts to show support for the run, and local businesses also raised funds.

The participating officers raised $10,000 dollars, a new local record, police said.

The officers ran the first leg at 6 a.m. on Route 130, then at noon they ran on Ridge Road, and at 4 p.m. they ran on Route 27 for a total of 17 miles, police said.

At the high school and middle school, officers paired up with students who are Special Olympic athletes to run around the track.

It was a day few officers or students who participated will forget, Capt. Jim Ryan said.

“I want to thank all those who made the day successful,” Hayducka said. “We make a difference as a police department because we have such strong partners, the Torch Run is just one example.” said Chief Hayducka.

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