On Friday 7-June the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run will pass through Bogota. This is a fund raiser for he New Jersey Special Olympics that are being held on Friday 7-June to Sunday 9-June. The games are taking place at the College of New Jersey located in Ewing , NJ
Bogota is a section of the 36.9 mile Northeast Bergen County leg of the Torch Run. It will enter Bogota on Palisades Ave coming from Teaneck, and continue to E.Main St. It will turn left onto Main St, and go back through Teaneck on the way to it's finish in Fairview, NJ.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is a statewide campaign coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials from throughout the state. Through their efforts, events are conducted year round by the Law Enforcement Community to raise funds for the Special Olympics Movement, serving the athletes of New Jersey. In addition to fundraising, Law Enforcement volunteer at athlete events year round while serving as ambassadors in local communities.
In 1982, the late Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vitale was asked to take photos at a local Special Olympics competition in New Jersey. He was so moved by the determination exhibited by the athletes that he asked other police officers to volunteer at the Summer Games. In 1984, the first New Jersey Torch Run was conceived to raise funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey program. The course ran from Liberty State Park in Jersey City to Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick through eight towns covering 43 miles and raising $7,000. In each succeeding year, the dollar amount became greater and the number of volunteers increased substantially. Today over $2M is raised annually by more than 3,000 officers through local and statewide events including the Law Enforcement Torch Run as part of the annual Summer Games in June.
For more information about the Torch Run , or how to donate to the Special Olympics please go to :www.njtorchrun.org