The 25th Annual Gooch's Garlic Run at Rockaway Square June 20, 2012, aimed to raise money to benefit individuals with serious illnesses. It is a 28 mile ride that leaves from Rockaway, NJ and ends in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. The run, organized by law enforcement motorcycle club Blue Knights New Jersey Chapter IX and named for retired Andover Township Police Lt. Al "Gooch" Monaco. In previous years the run has concluded in Little Italy NYC, but logistics have made Newark a more logical choice. The Holland Tunnel had always presented issues with the large volume of bikers passing through. The run traveled via police escort along Route 80 to Route 280 East, down Route 21 to the Ironbound. Close to $600,000 has been raised in the run's 25 years through t-shirt and pin sales, sponsorships, vendor fees and donations.
All photos by Bruce G. and Rider Insurance