RPPD Takes Part In 2018 Special Olympics Torch Run

Some words that bear repeating:

A small stretch of road.

By car, the 1.2 miles from the top of the Walnut Street Bridge to the Garden State Parkway on Westfield Avenue would take a little over two minutes. Following that same route on foot at a jogging pace while holding a torch makes you realize how many dips and climbs there are on the road. One mile may not seem much, until you run it.

It makes you realize how really challenging a path can be and the determination needed to accomplish it.

In life, there are children and adults with intellectual disabilities – characterized by certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills that can affect an individual’s communication, social and self-care skills. While a majority of people do normal day-to-day tasks without effort, there are those who have to work  harder at doing things most take for granted.

The Special Olympics gives people with those limitations 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 Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) again took part in this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey on Friday. They ran for the borough’s part of the over-750 miles that Law Enforcement officers ran throughout the state to bring the Special Olympics torch to Lions Stadium at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing to commemorate the start of the 2018 NJ Special Olympics Summer Games.

Below are photographs from the run through Roselle and Roselle Park. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on each individual image.