Don't miss Monday's deadline to register online for next Sunday's 31st annual Challenge 5K for Special Olympics New Jersey run through the Lincoln Tunnel and back to Weehawken.
More than 3,000 runners -- among them, a team of Bergen County Police Academy recruits and members of Mahwah PBA 143 -- plan to help raise at leaset $250,000.
“It’s amazing how the event has grown,” Port Authority Police Detective Larry Mays told Daily Voice.
“We used to be thrilled if we raised $50,000. We never imagined it would grow this big,” said Mays, the event’s director since 1999. “The response has been humbling.”
You can still register the day of the April 9 race for $50, organizers said.
Or CLICK HERE to register Sunday or Monday (April 2-3): https://www.ltc5k.org/register
There are two different race start times: The first is 8 a.m. for all for all runners who can complete a 5k in less than 30 minutes. The second is at 8:45 a.m. for all runners/walkers who will take longer.
Each participant will receive a disposable timing chip with their race number unless they are walkers.
“An annual North Jersey tradition, the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge promotes health, wellness and the importance of being active,” said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey, which is presenting the race sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by law enforcement worldwide. Last year the LETS raised more than $3 million with events that also included polar bear plunges, golf outings and a plane pull.
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, free of charge.
This offers “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,” the organization says.
Last year, law enforcement alone raised $2.8 million toward the cause.