SHOUT OUT: Beginning as early as 4:45 a.m. tomorrow, more than 3,000 dedicated law enforcement officers will help carry the “Flame of Hope” more than 750 miles across the state as part of the 30th Annual Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey – stopping at Emerson, Fair Lawn, Hillsdale, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Northvale and Ramsey tomorrow, among other area sites.
Eventually, the last leg will reach The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where the torch will light the cauldron officially launching the Special Olympics New Jersey 2013 Summer Games.
One of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is part of an international campaign coordinated and managed by all divisions of law enforcement officers and officials from throughout the world.
Their mission: to raise money and awareness of Special Olympics.
Last year, the LETR for Special Olympics New Jersey raised more than $2.9 million.
ShopRite customers and associates will cheer the runners and provide early-morning refreshments along the route, which makes it way through more than 300 communities.
Participating law enforcement officers have been raising funds for months leading up to the event.
You can track the Torch Run in real-time on tomorrow by logging on to www.TrackTheTorchNJ.org.
Torch Run support vehicles will be outfitted with GPS units that will display torch locations, enabling users to find photo opportunities along the route by showing approximate arrival times.
A sampling of stops along the way:
246 Livingston St, Northvale 7 a.m.
2 Interstate Shopping Center 7 a.m.
Rt 17 South, Ramsey
175 Main St, Lodi 7 a.m.
372 Broadway, Hillsdale 8:20 a.m.
433 Old Hook Rd, Emerson 8:50 a.m.
17-17 River Rd, Fair Lawn 9:40 a.m.
540 New York Ave, Lyndhurst 11 a.m.
Special Olympics New Jersey provides free year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
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