LAKE COMO, NJ — The 17th Annual Fallen Heroes 5K Memorial Run — to celebrate the memories of those who lost their lives on 9/11 — will be held on Saturday, September 7 along the banks of Lake Como.

Presented by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA), the race will benefit Rebuilding Warriors, a nonprofit group that trains and donates service dogs to honorably discharged veterans diagnosed as amputees, as well as those with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

NJFMBA has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for this year’s event, which will be used to donate a service dog to a local veteran “suffering from the emotional side effects of warfare,” according to the organization. “It is our hope to have a New Jersey veteran or veterans receive one of these dogs,”

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The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine at Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Avenue, and will continue south along Main Street to North Boulevard, where hundreds of participants will circle Lake Como before returning to Bar A for post-race activities.

There also will be a 1-mile run and kids’ races in the sand at Bar A with prizes for all participants.The first 750 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt, and all category winners will be awarded commemorative medals. Teams can register in the following divisions: Open, Teacher, Firefighter, Police, EMS and Military.

After the race, highlights at Bar A include performances by the Hamilton Township Fire Department Pipes and Drums, Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, a frozen yogurt truck, massages and a barbecue.

To register or make a contribution, visit For more information, contact Bob Hill at or call 732-499-9250.

To learn more about Norco, Calif.-based Rebuilding Warriors, visit its website at

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