It is time to register for the 13th annual Bob Beckert Memorial 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Sunday, June 5 at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run starts at 10 a.m. Information about the Run/Walk can be found on the website created for this event found at www.run4RJB.com.
The online deadline for pre-registration is May 20 at 11:59 p.m. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by May 20 to obtain the pre-registration discount. The pre-registration entry fee is $25 per person. After May 20, the registration fee is $28 per person. There is an online registration fee of $3.25.
Runners and walkers can register at the event, but are requested to arrive early. 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. Profits from the event primarily fund scholarships for deserving graduates of Watchung Hills and a smaller portion will be donated to Boy Scout, Troop 32.
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.