WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Hundreds of participants ranging from serious runners to local dignitaries and teachers competing for the fastest school, to families walking and running together are currently gearing up for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation's (CWCEF) fifth annual 5K to be held at James Caldwell High School (JCHS) on Saturday. 

The annual event, a certified Grand Prix Race sanctioned by the NJ Track and Field Organization, has previously hosted more than 600 runners and walkers who participate not only for the race but to support the CWCEF. One-hundred percent of profits generated from the event targets programs benefitting all children in the Caldwell-West Caldwell school district. 

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“The Education Foundation’s 5K is truly a win-win event,” said CWCEF chair Mary Ann Campion. "It brings the entire community together for a fun, healthy activity while raising valuable funds for the Education Foundation."

The CWCEF, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised entirely of community volunteers, has helped fund educational programs and purchase equipment for classroom use that would not necessarily be available within the district’s budget.

Some of these include a broadcasting booth for the media center and robots for the Engineering Club at JCHS; a weather bug station; Greenhouse Garden supplies; Lego Robotics kit and IPADS for the 6th grade math curriculum at Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS); media center enhancements and computer programs; resource-room materials and equipment for all four elementary schools; and binoculars for a district-wide Kindergarten exploring nature program. 

“Helping every student in our district be successful and exceed expectations is the heart of our mission,” said Campion.

Registration is still available for the race, which kicks off at the school at 9 a.m. and loops through Grover Cleveland Park before crossing the finish line back at JCHS. Runners and walkers will have the opportunity both before and after the race to sample light refreshments and browse sponsor tables.

Sponsors of the 5K include Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group, Glen Rock Ham, Essex Lodge #7, Thingee Corporation, Product Identification Company, Lakeland Bank, George J Anderson Land Surveyors, Women’s Club of Caldwell, The Bravitas Group, West Essex YMCA, Bay Roofing,  C2 Educational Center, Crane’s Mill, K. Macken Landscaping, Land Pros of NJ, Russo Brothers Plumbing and Sylvan Learning Center.

Participants can register online through May 15 or in person on the day of the event. The fee is $25 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 5-18). USATF-NJ members will pay a flat fee of $22.