Special Olympics New Jersey Torch Run to Stop at 45 ShopRite stores

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The 30th Annual Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey will stop at 45 ShopRite stores across New Jersey this Friday, June 7th as it makes its way to this year’s Games. ShopRite is a Champion Partner of the New Jersey Games, and each year, provides food, funds and hundreds of volunteers for the annual event.

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ShopRite is a Champion Partner of the New Jersey Games, and each year, provides food, funds and hundreds of volunteers for the annual event.

Beginning as early as 4:45 a.m. on Friday morning, more than 3,000 dedicated Law Enforcement officers will participate in the Torch Run, which includes 45 ShopRite stores across New Jersey, bringing the Special Olympics New Jersey “Flame of Hope” a distance of more than 750 miles across the state.

At Friday’s events, ShopRite customers and associates alike will cheer on the runners as the many legs of the torch run converge at The College of New Jersey in Ewing where they will light the cauldron Friday evening and officially open the Special Olympics New Jersey 2013 Summer Games.

The goal of the Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey as the torch makes its way through more than 300 communities throughout the state. Participating Law Enforcement officers have been raising funds for months leading up to the event.

The public can track the Torch Run in real-time on June 7 by logging on to http://www.TrackTheTorchNJ.org. Torch Run support vehicles will be outfitted with GPS units that will display current torch locations, enabling users to find photo opportunities along the route by showing approximate arrival times.

List of scheduled ShopRite torch run legs below or by visiting http://www.njtorchrun.org/run-legs.

7:00 AM – ShopRite of Northvale
7:00 AM – ShopRite o f Ramsey
7:00 AM – ShopRite of Little Falls
7:00 AM – ShopRite of Hainesport
7:10 AM – ShopRite of Absecon
7:30 AM ShopRite of Franklin
7:30 AM – ShopRite of Lodi
7:39 AM – ShopRite of Wall Township
8:15 AM – ShopRite of Jackson
8:20 AM – ShopRite of Hillsdale
8:30 AM – ShopRite of Greenwich
8:30 AM – ShopRite of Lakewood
8:47 AM – ShopRite of West Caldwell
8:50 AM – ShopRite of Emerson
9:33 AM – ShopRite of Long Branch
9:35 AM – ShopRite of Spotswood
9:40 AM – ShopRite of Fairlawn
9:45 AM – ShopRite of Lincoln Park
9:50 AM - ShopRite of Netcong
10:10 AM – ShopRite of Mansfield
10:30 AM – ShopRite of Springfield
10:30 AM – ShopRite of Succasunna
10:30 AM – ShopRite of Medford
11:00 AM – East Brunswick
11:00 AM – ShopRite of Elizabeth
11:00 AM – ShopRite of Freehold
11:00 AM – ShopRite of Lyndhurst
11:08 AM – ShopRite of Nutley
11:10 - ShopRite of Delran
11:25 AM – ShopRite of Middletown
11:30 AM – ShopRite of Washington
11:30 AM – ShopRite of Rochelle Park
11:45 AM – ShopRite of Kearny
12:00 PM – Shoprite of Garwood
12:00 PM – ShopRite of Morris Plains
12:20 PM – ShopRite of Marlton
12:20 PM – ShopRite of Stirling
1:35 PM – ShopRite of Perth Amboy
1:50 PM – ShopRite of Bernardsville
2:00 PM – ShopRite of Marlboro
2:30 PM – ShopRite of Boundbrook
2:50 PM – ShopRite of Bordentown
3:15 PM – ShopRite of Flemington
3:30 PM – ShopRite of Hillsborough
6:25 PM – ShopRite of Pennington

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $29 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit http://www.ShopRite.com.

About Special Olympics New Jersey
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge, 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. Visit http://www.sonj.org for more information.

About The Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials from throughout the world whose mission is to raise dollars and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized in the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics. In 2012, the LETR for Special Olympics New Jersey raised more than $2.9 million. Visit http://www.njtorchrun.org for complete information on the Torch Run.

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