Date: Apr 24, 2009
Press Release Number: 48-2009
Runners will take their marks, get set, and go through the Lincoln Tunnel at 8:45 a.m. this Sunday, April 26, as part of the 23rd annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey, hosted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
A record of more than 3,500 runners and walkers of all skill levels will participate this year in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) fundraising event, which is expected to raise more than $125,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey.
During the race, the tunnel’s south tube will be closed to traffic. No traffic delays are anticipated.
The event begins in New Jersey, where participants will proceed through the tunnel's south tube into Manhattan and return through the same tube to cross the finish line in Weehawken.
Participants will begin assembling at 6:30 a.m. in the NJ Transit bus parking lot on Boulevard East between 19th Street and Baldwin Avenue in Weehawken, across from the Lincoln Tunnel Administration Building. Free shuttle service to and from the race will be provided at 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan beginning at 7 a.m.
For more information, visit the Special Olympics New Jersey Web site - sonj.org - or call 609 896-8000.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Media Relations, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.