|Runners and support pose for a picture before beginning the five-mile run.|
The group of 14 runners headed north on Washington Avenue and made a quick stop in front of the Yeshivat He'Atid school at 139 South Washington Avenue where they were exuberantly greeted by the students and morahs. Holding a banner, flags and specially made signs with the Bergenfield Police Department patch, the students cheered and "high-fived" the law enforcement runners and then posed for a photo.
|Runners receive support from the children of Yeshivat He'Atid.|
|TD Bank employees provide water to the runners.|
|Dumont Lt. Frank Gagliardi carries the torch.|
Before the final destination was reached, the group was treated by the employees of New Milford ShopRite to more refreshments consisting of water, Gatorade and fresh fruit to give them that last bit of energy to finish strong.
|Celtic Kitchen staff in New Milford welcomes runners for a break.|
As the run started up for its final half-mile, New Milford Chief Frank Papapietro took the torch lead and swiftly ran past the Borough Hall and into the rear parking area where the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run, Leg # 6A, came to its final triumphant end. With a successful completion, the runners received congratulatory and heartfelt applause from Jim McKeever, retired Port Authority Police Officer and untiring supporter of the Special Olympics.
The monies raised from donations goes towards the Special Olympic games that are held in June each year at their sports complex in Lawrenceville.
|Employees of New Milford ShopRite offer fruit, water and Gatorade to runners.|
Who We Are
Special Olympics New Jersey is an organization dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization operates on an annual budget primarily funded through individual, corporate, civic and foundation dollars that make up more than 98% of the annual operating budget.
All programs are free to registered athletes including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing and meals for events, awards, sports, education and more. In addition to programs offered on the local, county, sectional and state levels, Special Olympics New Jersey offers athletes free participation in all activities at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex in Lawrenceville.