December 6, 2022

34th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Supports the Athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey

Torch Will Be Carried Over More Than 750 Miles Throughout the State STATEWIDE – On Friday, June 9, 2017, law enforcement officers in New Jersey will exchange their uniforms for running gear as they carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout the Garden State and into the 2017 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games, held at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. During the 34th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey, more than 3,000 officers take to the streets of their local communities, split up into 26 separate legs with some starting as early as 4:45 a.m., and run 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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“Law enforcement officers pledge to serve and uphold the members of their community, so we feel it is our duty to serve the Special Olympics athletes of New Jersey,” says Chief Robert Belfiore, Retired Deputy Chief of the Port Authority of NY/NJ and Director of the New Jersey Torch Run. “As a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I always feel privileged to carry the torch. This is our chance to become a champion for the cause, to show the members of our communities how talented our local Special Olympics athletes are.”

The “Final Leg” of the run is on Friday night at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

More than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes, their families and fans, will gather at The College of New Jersey in anticipation of Special Olympics New Jersey’s largest competition event of the year, Summer Games. Over the next two days, athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field. Officers will continue to volunteer their time by awarding medals to the triumphant athletes.