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38th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey set for June 11

Torch Will Be Carried Over More Than 750 Miles Throughout the State

NEW JERSEY – Law enforcement officers on Friday, June 11 will prove that the “Flame of Hope” is
alive in well in the Garden State.

During the 38th 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.

The Annual Torch Run typically precedes Special Olympics New Jersey’s Summer Games at The College of New Jersey in June. However, due to COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, the Torch Run will be held as a standalone event.

Spectators are invited to watch and cheer as the flame makes its way through local communities across New Jersey. For maps or more information, visit

“Law enforcement officers have been serving Special Olympics New Jersey athletes for over 38 years,” says Chief Robert Belfiore, Retired Deputy Chief of the Port Authority of NY/NJ and Director of the New Jersey Torch Run. “As the Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I am privileged to work with such a resilient group of individuals. The Annual Torch Run is stronger than ever thanks to these dedicated men and women of law enforcement, and we will continue to come together as a community in support of the Special Olympics New Jersey mission.”

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 2020 raised more than $3.6 million for the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

“From training to competition, health resources to leadership opportunities, Special Olympics New Jersey provides all its programs completely free of charge to our community,” says Jason Schubert, Senior Director of LETR Initiatives for Special Olympics New Jersey. “And for over 38 years of Special Olympics New Jersey history, law enforcement officers have been supporting these initiatives and raising millions of dollars annually for our athletes.”

For more information on the 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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