WARREN, NJ - The 11th annual Bob Beckert Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, June 1 at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. Information is available on the website for the Run/Walk found at http://www.run4RJB.com.
Participants have three options for pre-registration: 1) online at www.active.com; 2) online at www.bestrace.com; or 3) by mail by downloading the form from bestrace.com and mailing the completed form and check made payable to Bob Beckert Memorial Fund, 55 W. 74th Street, Apartment 4D, New York, NY 10023. There is a service charge for online registration.
The online deadline for pre-registration is May 22. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by May 22 to obtain the pre-registration discount. The pre-registration entry fee is $18 per person with a discounted fee of $15 for USATF members. After May 22, the registration fee is $20 per person and a discounted fee of $18 for USATF members.
Runners and walkers can register at the event, but are requested to arrive early. The entry fee for same-day registrants is $20 per person and $18 for USATF members. T-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered entrants in the 5K.
Bob Beckert, who grew up in Warren and was raising his family with wife Nancy in Watchung, was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2004 while traveling on business. He was a devoted husband, father of four children, successful businessman, and active volunteer in the community. Bob was a member of Watchung Hills’ state high school championship cross country team and continued to be an active runner as an adult.
His friends and family believed an annual run was a fitting way to honor Bob’s love of running, community, youth, and fun. All of the profits of the event fund scholarships for deserving graduates of Watchung Hills Regional High School.
On behalf of the Beckert family, Kristin Beckert, who serves as the race coordinator, stated, “The Bob Beckert Memorial 5K is more than just an annual event; it is an opportunity to give back to the Watchung Hills community in a fashion that engages Bob’s greatest interests: bringing family and friends together, enjoying outdoor activity, and promoting education and the betterment of the community. We look forward to another great gathering and funding more college scholarships to deserving Watchung Hills seniors.”
The flat and scenic race course allows runners and walkers of all ages and levels to enjoy participation in the event. For competitive runners, the race is sanctioned and certified by the USATF and is a New Jersey Grand Prix event. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 men and women in each of the following age groups: under 14, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80 and over.
Water, fruit and bagels will be available for participants.
Watchung Hills Regional High School alumni who are in town for the Watchung Hills All Classes Reunion, which is being held on Saturday, May 31 at Forest Lodge in Warren from 12 noon to 5 p.m., are encouraged to register for the Run/Walk and continue their weekend activities on the grounds of their alma mater by participating in the Run/Walk the next day. Participants do not need to be competitive runners and numerous walkers join groups of friends and enjoy the experience.
The deadline for purchase of tickets to the Watchung Hills All Classes Reunion is May 11. More information about this event may be found on the reunion website at www.watchunghillsreunion.myevent.com.
For additional information about the Bob Beckert Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk, contact race coordinator Kristin Beckert at run4RJB@gmail.com. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist with the run is asked to contact Kristin.