BERKELEY HEIGHTS ─ The 17th Annual Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk will draw runners, walkers, children, and spectators to Memorial Field on Sunday morning, Sept. 22.
Race Director Dr. Patrick R Smith of Smith Chiropractic commented, “We have lots of exciting plans for this year’s event. We will continue our expanded awards for runners both young and old with 90 custom laser cut Lucite awards up for grabs, continued Red Cross Blood Drive with special iPad mini Drawing, convenient New Bib Chip scoring, and many more drawing including; iPad mini, golf outing, gift cards and much more. We also hope for continued great participation, as 100 percent of participant application fees go directly towards our annual charitable donation.
"The generosity of our local business and corporate sponsors cover our event production costs, so we depend on our runners and walkers in this wonderful family event, to generate much needed funds for the many local organizations who need our support (last year’s recipients can be found on our website www.berkeleyheights5k).
"In addition, many of our sponsors will be holding free drawing, The John Hawk Agency, an Allstate Insurance and Financial Services firm in Chatham & Smith Chiropractic Family Care & Sports Injury Center will sponsor a special free drawing for an iPad mini and will host a free sports massage tent with a special drawing for a foursome with cart from the Basking Ridge Country Club, Weichert Realtors Watchung will offer games and offer many give aways for children and adults, E Medical Office will have a special exhibit and free drawing for a $250 gift card, Massage Envy will offer free sports massage, just to mention a few, plus the Wounded Warrior Project will have a booth loaded with great merchandise, there will be a free smoothie booth, Yogoccino will have a booth with free frozen yogurt and an expanded local sponsor/local organization booth area will provide participants and spectators alike the opportunity to learn and enjoy many new things and win great prizes.”
Smith added, “I think everyone will really enjoy what we have planned for this year, It’s going to be the place to have fun and learn Sept. 22, and all participants will receive (while they last) a Custom Race Tee and a special eco tote goodie bag stuffed with lots of great stuff!. There will also be a few surprise giveaways that you’ll have to be there to participate in.” Dr. Smith went on saying, “We will continue two important features this year which were new last year; first we will have New Bib back chip timing to enhance scoring and make the finish easier, and second we will host the third annual BH5K/Red Cross Community Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights Community Center on Park Avenue (across the street from Memorial Field) from 10am to 3pm, as the need for life saving blood is greater than ever and each pint collected results is a direct financial donation to the Red Cross. Each pint of blood donated can save three lives, plus everyone who donates a pint of lifesaving blood will be entered into a special drawing for a brand new iPad mini, yes iPad not iPod. To donate please call Race Headquarters @ 908 464 8899. Also, we have improved our web site, with simple on-line registration for the 5K, 1.5 mile Fitness Walk and Blood Donation @ www.berkeleyheights5k.com and this year’s custom race t-shirt is sure to be a crowd favorite.” Dr. Smith recommends signing up by September 12th to guarantee getting one of the custom race shirts and the special reusable goodie bag plus save $. Also, anyone who registers by September 12th will receive as a special bonus a $10 gift card to the Sneaker Factory. “We pride ourselves on providing a great shirt each year and I know I say this each year, but I really think this one is the best yet, it’s fun. We have lots of ways to participate, why not Run or Walk and give Blood?”
Runners will race through tree-lined neighborhoods in the Berkeley Heights 5K, which is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association and is a 500-point race in the New Balance Grand Prix Series. Non-runners and families can participate by entering the 1.5 mile fitness walk which winds through sections of the tree-lined residential 5K course. Not to be forgotten, children ages 2 to 11 are invited to dash across Memorial field in the free fun runs. (No registration for fun runs, just show up!)
To register for the 2012 Berkeley Heights 5K Road Race or Fitness Walk, simply complete and mail in the registration form included or log on to www.BerkeleyHeights5K.com and click on the register box, a paper application is also printable
The early registration fee (by September 12th) is $23.00 ($20.00 for USATF-NJ members) guarantees a custom race shirt, goodie bag and $10 Sneaker Factory gift card. After September 12th, the registration fee will increase to $25.00 for everyone with no guarantee of a custom race shirt, goodie bag or $10 girt card. Early registration packet pick-up takes place on September 17th, 19th, and 21st at Smith Chiropractic, 134 Snyder Ave in Berkeley Heights. Registration for the 5K road race, the 1.5 mile fitness walk and the Red Cross Blood Drive, may also be done in person at Smith Chiropractic 134 Snyder Avenue Berkeley Heights, anytime thru September 21st.
The schedule of events starts on Memorial Field at 7:45 am on Sunday, September 22nd with late registration and distribution of race packets, including number with d-ring chip for electronic timing, custom race shirt, and goodie bag (if raining, go to Berkeley Heights Community Center on Park Avenue). The 5K road race takes off at 9:30 am, followed by the 1.5 mile fitness walk at 9:35 am. Free fun runs for children ages 2 through 11 begin at 10:15 am on Memorial Field, all participating children will receive a race ribbon (no registration is necessary), the awards ceremony begins immediately after the free children’s Fun Runs, with 90 custom plaques and trophies being presented to the top 3 male and female finishers of the 5K and in various male and female age groups ranging from 10 and under to 80 and over. (Lots of custom hardware come and get it!)
According to Dr. Smith, “we’re expecting to host another great group of runners, walkers, and children with all those smiling faces dashing across Memorial Field, making our event one to the best small town races in the state and helping us to fulfill our goals of family fun, friendly competition, fitness and a sense of community. My hope is that this event will always be connected with a sense of people uniting in a patriotic and caring way.”
Proceeds from last year’s event, which totaled $24.000, were divided among 20 local organizations that provide much needed services to residents in the community and one individual in need. They may be found on our website, please go to www.berkeleyheights5k.com, and click on the charity page to learn more on those who were chosen to receive grants..
Dr. Smith reflected “over the past 16 years with the generous support of local businesses and corporate sponsors/leaders as well as the great participation at our events, we have raised a total of $129,600. I am proud to say that everyone’s efforts have achieved such wonderful results and done so much good within our community.”
As in previous years, Compuscore will provide accurate with New Bib back chip timing of the 5K with results posted after the race and on the web at www.Berkeley Heights5K.com. Also, a professional photographer will again be on hand, to capture images of the event including participants and spectators. Last year’s HD photos are still available @ www.berkeleyheights5k.com and downloadable for FREE.
A local DJ will provide musical entertainment. A patriotic custom balloon arch donated by Taylor Rental in Berkeley Heights will welcome all participants. Complimentary sports massages will be available for all walkers and runners before and after the competition, courtesy of Smith Chiropractic and Massage Envy Spa, free blood pressure screenings will be available to anyone interested. Complimentary refreshments will be provided to all, including bottled water, sports drinks, bagels, organic oranges, watermelon, sports nutrition protein drinks, custom made smoothies and more.
Dr. Smith added, “Without the tremendous support we receive from local business and corporate leaders, our charity event and all the good it does would not be possible, PLEASE support our sponsors with your business!” This year’s patrons are as follows:
Berkeley Aquatic Club
Allstate: The John Hawk Agency, Chatham
Applebee’s “It’s a whole new neighborhood”
Bassett Associates Summit
Law Office of David C. Bendush
DERCO Office Solutions
E Medical Offices
Massage Envy Spa, Berkeley Heights
Samuel G. Smith Jr. Memorial Fund
SMITH CHIROPRACTIC Family Care & Sports Injury Center
Sneaker Factory running centers
Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System
Weichert Realtors, Watchung office
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine- Dr. Zhou, OMD
Basking Ridge Country Club
Bleakley, Schwartz, Cooney, & Finney
Cartridge World, New Providence
CET Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
Davies and Associates insurance management
Family Foot Care- Gary L. Quartello, DPM
GABRIELE Fitness & Performance
Gary S. Crystal, DMD, Berkeley Heights
Glassworks of Summit
Goodman’s Restaurant & Deli
Hilltop Community Bank
John P. Sullivan, CFP, CPA
MARY’S Your Name Here
Paras & Paras, Summit
Philip E. Memoli, DMD, the Center for Natural Dentistry
Puro Clean Restoration Services
TEE BAG Embroidery & Screen Printing
Lastly, Dr. Smith said, “each year we rely on the dedication of our volunteers. Without their service, we could not have a Berkeley Heights 5K, volunteering and giving a little time back to our community is one of the ways anyone can help make a difference…it’s especially great when high school age kids help out and make such a positive impact on their community…it looks good on the college application too.” Anyone interested in volunteering for this community event or for further information, call race director Dr. Patrick Smith at the race hotline (908)464-8899, or on the web at www.berkeleyheights5k.com. All proceeds from this charity event will again be donated within our community on behalf of everyone involved. So strap on your running shoes and join the fun! Run, Walk, Donate Blood or Volunteer!