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Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K heads under the Hudson

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SHOUT OUT: More than 3,000 runners are expected for this morning’s 28th Annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K under the Hudson to benefit more than 24,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Special Olympics New Jersey program.

Presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey, the event begins and ends at the south tube in Weekhawken, with two starts: 8 a.m. for runners with times under 30 minutes, and 8:45 for all other runners and walkers.

This year’s 2014 Lincoln Tunnel Run already has raised more than $182,154 from 2,500 or pre- registered participants and their online pledges.

“Overall support for this event increases with each year, from the incredible commitment from Port Authority police and our presenting sponsor, AmeriHealth New Jersey, to runners reaching out to family and friends to pledge their support for our athletes,” said Marc Edenzon, president and CEO of Special Olympics New Jersey.

“While we have thousands of runners going through the tunnel, there have been well over 20,000 individuals who have reached out to support our athletes through this event,” Edenzon said.

In addition to individual participants, there are 185 teams — the largest of which is AmeriHealth, with 80 members. Runners from fifteen states, including as far as California, are expected.

“We commend Special Olympics New Jersey for its unwavering dedication to enabling children and adults with intellectual disabilities across our state to participate in year-round sports training and athletic competitions.”said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey.

The event is a fundraising vehicle of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey. Additional support has been provided by NJ TRANSIT, WCBS News Radio 880, WFAN Sports Radio, WCBS-FM 101.1, 92.3 NOW, Taylor Management Company, M & M Sanitation, Digital Realty Trust, La Yogurt, Mendon Truck Leasing & Rental, Genpro, Modell’s, Inserra Supermarkets/Shoprite Hoboken and Mary Kay.

INFO: www.sonj.org

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