SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ –  Local police officers will participate in the 33rd Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run as it winds through the streets of Scotch Plains and Fanwood in support of Special Olympics Athletes on Friday, June 10.

Law enforcement officers will put on their running shoes to carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout the Garden State and into the 2016 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games, held at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, this weekend. 

More than 3,000 officers are expected to run through the streets of their local communities, starting as early as 4:45 a.m., to raise awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. Spectators are invited to watch the flame as it is carried through their town, and to cheer on the officers on their journey. 

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At approximately 12:00 p.m., Fanwood police officers will be handed the Torch at the Citgo Station (339 South Ave), continue along South Ave., head north up Martine Ave., and turn left onto Front Street and end at the Dunkin Donuts on Terrill Road, where Plainfield police will accept the Torch. For maps or more information, visit www.NJTorchRun.org.

The “Final Leg” of the run is on Friday night at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Opening Ceremony. More than 2,500 athletes, their families and fans, will gather at The College of New Jersey for Special Olympics New Jersey’s largest competitive event of the year. Athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field. Police officers will volunteer and award medals to the triumphant athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is recognized as a leader in fundraising among the many programs around the globe, and in 2015 raised more than $3.5 million for the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.