“The Statue of Liberty 5k is a unique opportunity for participants to show off their patriotism and philanthropic spirit through their support of Special Olympics New Jersey,” said Heather Andersen, President and CEO of Special Olympics New Jersey. “The Statue of Liberty 5k is a celebration of equality and inclusion for all, including those with intellectual disabilities, as we strive for acceptance on the playing fields, in schools and in our communities. The race is a wonderful way to kick-off the activities of the Freedom and Fireworks Festival, and the funds raised will make a real impact on the lives of our athletes. During the Festival, we are especially thrilled to be able to introduce the community to several of our athletes who will be representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Games later this summer in Los Angeles.”

ABOUT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY 5K:

Before the barbeques, parades and fireworks, participants in the Statue of Liberty 5k have the opportunity to kick-off their 4th of July at one of America’s most iconic landmarks. The run, which is the only official race around the Statue of Liberty, is a celebration of the nation’s birthday and a showcase of the spirit of philanthropy, as all proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. The race is capped at 500 participants and runners must raise a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to run or walk. Check-in begins at 5:30am at Liberty State Park, and runners will be transported to Liberty Island on a private ferry provided by Statue Cruises. Race time is 7:15am. The first public ferry does not arrive at the Statue until 9:00am, giving runners time to visit the island without a large crowd. The Statue of Liberty 5k is organized by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is the largest grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics New Jersey. For more information visit www.liberty5k.org.