WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Police officers from West Orange, Montclair, Verona, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield will participate in the 33rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey on Friday, June 10, as Leg No. 18 of the Torch Run relay. 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual event that supports the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. The "Flame of Hope" torch will be carried more than 750 miles throughout the state by some 3,000 officers representing their local communities.

The statewide relay begins as early as 4:45 a.m. on the morning of Friday, June 10. The Torch Run Relay Leg No. 18 begins 8:30 a.m. with a staging ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. Participants will head down Pleasant Valley Way to Bloomfield Avenue, running through Verona, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield, ending their leg at the Bloomfield PBA Hall on Watsessing Avenue. See Run 18 map:

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The 26-leg journey will bring the Special Olympics New Jersey “Flame of Hope” torch to The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where it will light the cauldron Friday evening and officially open the Special Olympics New Jersey 2016 Summer Games -- an event that features more than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes.

The goal of the Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey as the torch makes its way through more than 300 communities throughout the state. Participating Law Enforcement officers have been raising funds for months leading up to the event.

For more information on the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics visit www.njtorchrun.org.