ESSEX FELLS / ROSELAND, NJ - Both runners and walkers are needed Saturday for the Running 4 Answers 5K Race and 2-mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk which will benefit the “Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.” For the fifth year in a row, "Running 4 Answers, a Race Against Alzheimer's" is set to take place on Saturday in Roseland in an effort to raise money towards Alzheimer’s research. Started by two Roseland women, Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger, the USATF-NJ sanctioned and certified race will take place rain or shine beginning at the Roseland Municipal Building located at 19 Harrison Avenue Roseland. Individuals may register in person on Saturday and fees range from $30 to $35. Participants will receive water along with bagels and fruit after the race. Everyone is welcome and strollers are permitted on the Fun Run / Fitness Walk.
Barbara Geiger and Carolyn Mastrangelo Credit: Carolyn Mastrangelo
“Having lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer, I knew there were many ways to donate, many ways to do something,“ explained co-director and personal trainer, Mastrangelo, who first conceived of the race. “As a runner, I found races that support breast cancer research. I looked for the same to support my mom. For a disease that affects more than five million people in our country today, I was shocked to find not one race benefiting Alzheimer’s disease. The feelings of helplessness grew.”
8am to 10am
Family Fun at St. Peter's Nursery School with face painting and craft table
5k Race begins
Fun Run / Fitness Walk begins
“We started this race simply because a race benefiting Alzheimer’s disease did not exist,“ commented race co-founder Geiger. “And we chose this organization because of its “high concentration on research.”
According to the race founders, all proceeds benefit the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund; last year the local race raised $40,000 and over the past four years it has raised a total of $140,000. The mission of the fund is to put all dollars raised towards research and so far that research has identified more than 70 genes linked to the disease. Anyone interested in donating to the fund may do so online here.
According to its website, one hundred percent of all funds raised for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly towards researching a cure for Alzheimers. So far the group has donated over $15 million to research in twenty-four different institutions across the country and all research studies done are shared among the participating medical research institutions.
“We are always working to grow our event and make it bigger and better. This year we are part of the Grand Prix series (500 points) and our course is faster and flatter,“ commented Geiger. “Also, this year our race is chip-timed.”
- Under 20
- 20 – 29
- 30 – 39
- 40 – 49
- 50 – 59
- 60 – 69
Racers and walkers will be passing through “the beautiful tree-lined, rolling hill streets of historic Essex Fells, NJ,” detailed Geiger. Parking is available at the Roseland Municipal Building, as well as the Calvary Evangelical Free Church on Fells Road and the Roseland Free Public Library.
5K Race Route
Credit: Google Maps
2-Mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk Route
Those who choose to take a more leisurely and shorter route are encouraged to participate in the two mile long Fun Run / Fitness Walk.
Credit: Google Maps
“St. Peter's Nursery School will have a craft table and Princess Rebecca will be there face painting. Bring the kids, it will be fun for everyone!” added Geiger.
Mastrangelo’s mother started showing signs of the disease by age fifty-five. “She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend…roles that she taught me how to do well.” wrote Mastrangelo in her blog, “Behind The Race: The All-Too-Familiar Story That Started Running 4 Answers.” “She was an avid reader and trivia buff. She was a registered nurse at a nursing home for 22 years, a job she enjoyed tremendously. She has lived in one now for 5 years. She is almost 66 years old.”
In the opening comments of the 2011 race Mastrangelo commented, “People ask me all the time, ‘Does your Mom recognize you?’ To understand what this disease does, let me explain: my mom hasn’t recognized me in over six years. One of the last ’real’ things I remember her saying to me is ‘No, I don’t know who you are, I just know that I love you.”