On Sunday, May 12th, the Summit Area YMCA will hold its 12th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race presented by The Connell Company and hosted by the Berkeley Heights YMCA, the Summit YMCA, and The Learning Circle. The Mother’s Day Run/Walk will be held at Connell Corporate Park in Berkeley Heights and all are invited to participate. Proceeds from the race will benefit the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program - a free, 12-week cancer recovery program for adult cancer patients and survivors.

“We are proud to partner with the Connell Company to provide this meaningful and fun event,” said JoAnn Hansen, VP of Development for the Summit Area YMCA. “It gives the Y an opportunity to celebrate mothers for their amazing contributions while promoting wellness and raising funds to support cancer patients and survivors in our community.”

The chip-timed race will be run on a USATF sanctioned course at the Connell Corporate Park, 200 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. The race start is at 9:00 am, with a Tot Trot scheduled for 10:00 am. Race day check-in is from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. The Mother’s Day 5K is a family-friendly event that will also include arts and crafts, a bouncy house and music. Additionally, there will be a 50/50 Raffle, for which tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, the Summit YMCA or The Learning Circle YMCA.  

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Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the race as individuals or as teams. Participants can run in honor of or in memory of a family member or friend whose life has been affected by cancer. A new fundraising component enables racers to raise funds online by creating their own friend-raising page that allows racers to reach out to friends in support of a cause that is meaningful to them. 

The Mother’s Day 5K supports the Y’s efforts to continue to help cancer patients and survivors through the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. This research-based physical activity and well-being program is designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health and is offered at no cost to members and potential members alike. Participants work with Y staff, trained in supportive cancer care, to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

“After I finished my treatments for testicular cancer, I tried working out again…but I kept getting hurt,” commented Andrew McCann, a 30-year old LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant. “Then I found LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. The small group setting allowed trainers to give me personal attention and show me what I was doing wrong. I feel stronger and healthier than ever. Two months after I finished the program, I was able to run the Mother’s Day 5K with a fellow participant and I will run it again this year for this great cause.”

For more information on the Mother’s Day 5K Race, contact Caitlin Jensen, 908-738-2179, caitlin.jensen@thesay.org. Register online at www.theSAY.org, or in person at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Avenue, or at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street. To make a donation, visit www.theSAY.org