Annual Torch Run takes to Sea Girt streets on Friday

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The Torch Run has been going on for 20-plus years in the borough of Sea Girt. This year, Ptl. Larry Bolchune will carry the torch to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games.

SEA GIRT — Police and students alike will be up and running early Friday morning when they join forces for the annual Torch Run.

The June 8 event benefits the Special Olympics. It is held by Sea Girt Police Department [SGPD] and run in conjunction with Sea Girt Elementary School. The police department has been doing the run “for 20-plus years, as far as Chief [Kevin] Davenport can remember,” according to SGPD Records Officer Jennifer Fary.

Spectators can arrive from 7:10 to 7:15 a.m. along the sidewalk on Route 71 between Sea Girt Avenue and Beacon Boulevard to take photos and cheer on runners. The course is less than a mile, from Sea Girt Avenue to Shore Road. While other schools and police departments participate in the event, this year’s run is special to Sea Girt.

Patrolman Larry Bolchune was selected by the State Committee for Special Olympics of NJ to carry the torch into the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the New Jersey Special Olympics on Friday, according to Ms. Fary. The Summer Games will be held all weekend at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.

“We’re encouraging members of the community to come out and support our officers, students from Sea Girt Elementary and the recruits from the NJ State Police Academy and the Department of Corrections Academy,” said Ms. Fary.

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