Date: Apr 27, 2012
Press Release Number: 59-2012
The Port Authority will host the 26th annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on Sunday, April 29. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., will require the closing of the tunnel's south tube to traffic. The tunnel's center tube will remain open and no traffic delays are anticipated due to traditionally light traffic at that time.
The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K began in 1987 and has continued every year since that time, with more than 30,000 runners and walkers raising more than $1.3 million over the years. The 3.1-mile event, which is limited to 3,500 participants, was sold out in 2011 and raised $213,591 for Special Olympics.
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. Media can film the run from the Boulevard East turnaround near the tunnel's administration building.
Participants will begin assembling at 6 a.m. at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in Weehawken. Free shuttle service to and from the race will be provided by Coach USA Megabus every 15 minutes from 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Al Della Fave, 212-435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. This includes 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 Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey 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.