Date: Apr 18, 2005
Press Release Number: 39-2005
An estimated 1,000 runners will compete in the 19th Annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge on Sunday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m. The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge, hosted by the Port Authority’s Police and Tunnels Bridges and Terminals departments, is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Jersey. The challenge honors the memory of the 84 Port Authority employees lost on September 11, 2001.
The 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) Fun Run/Walk begins in Weehawken, NJ. Runners proceed through the Lincoln Tunnel’s South Tube into Manhattan and return through the same tube to the finish line.
Last year, approximately 840 runners participated in the event and raised more than $38,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Participants must assemble between 7 and 8:30 a.m. in the NJ Transit bus parking lot, adjacent to the Lincoln Tunnel Administration Building at 500 Boulevard East in Weehawken. A free shuttle service will run to and from the race beginning at 7 a.m. The shuttle will depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan.
The South Tube of the tunnel will be closed to traffic during the race. No traffic delays are anticipated. The tunnel and the roadway are cleaned the night before the run, and fresh air is pumped into the tunnel during the race.
The registration fee is $20. All participants will receive a Lincoln Tunnel Challenge T-shirt, bottled water and other refreshments. Participants also are eligible for gifts and prizes.
Entry forms are available at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s Youth Services Office located on the first floor of the South Wing near 9th Avenue from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Forms also are available at the PATH police desk on the concourse level of the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City, at sporting goods stores throughout the region and on the Special Olympics New Jersey Web site. Participants are asked to bring their entry form on the day of the event.
Special Olympics New Jersey is a non-profit organization authorized and accredited by Special Olympics Incorporated and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Special Olympics New Jersey provides free year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition in 23 sports for 14,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities or other closely-related developmental disabilities. For more information on Special Olympics New Jersey call 609 896-8000 or visit www.sonj.org.
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 and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.