MILLBURN, NJ - The American Red Cross will host its Annual Run for the Red 5K Race and Walk on Sunday, December 3 in Millburn, New Jersey.

“The Run for the Red 5K is a wonderful event for the whole family,” said race co-chair Josh Howley of West Orange. “Competitive runners, casual joggers and walkers can all join us for a fun filled, brisk race through the South Mountain Reservation while helping a good cause.”

Teams of walkers and runners are welcome to participate in the race and can compete for fundraising prizes and race awards to 5K finishers by age group and by team. The event offers participants a community day complete with door prizes, a DJ, snacks and photos. 

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Event day registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Millburn Free Public Library located at 200 Glen Avenue in Millburn. Children can compete in free Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and the official race begins at 10:00 a.m. Walkers and runners will enjoy a certified race course sanctioned by USATF-NJ that provides members with 500 grand prix points and is chip timed and scored by Compuscore. The race is an “out and back” course that goes up into the South Mountain Reservation and returns with a fast, down-hill stretch and flat finish. 

Registration is $25 for all participants who register in advance. The last day for online registration is November 29. Event day registration is $30 on site or at the Sneaker Factory on Millburn Avenue in Millburn on November 30, December 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. USATF-NJ members receive a $3 discount. The first 300 participants to pick up race packets receive a long-sleeve souvenir T-shirt. No sign up is required for the Kid’s Fun Run – an announcement will be made prior and all participants receive a ribbon.

Proceeds from Run for the Red 5K Race and Walk support Red Cross programs and services.

“We are excited to be able to bring the community together to help support the Red Cross mission,” said race co-chair Alex Strickler of Summit. “The Red Cross is out in communities across New Jersey each and every day responding to help those who have been devastated by disasters such as home fires. Last year, volunteers responded to more than 820 local disasters and provided emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs to nearly1,900 displaced New Jersey families.”

Learn more about Run for the Red 5K Race and Walk at redcross.org/RunRed5K. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and to stay after the run for the Downtown Millburn Snowflake Parade at 1:30 p.m. Run for the Red 5K Race and Walk is a rain, snow, or shine event.

Event sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors Investors Bank, M&T Bank, and Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.; Gold Sponsors SMG Foundation; Silver Sponsors AIG, AON, Belair Services, LLC, Blau & Berg Company, Chubb Personal Insurance, Lois Schneider Realtor, NFP P&C Private Client Group, and Theatre Arts PT.

Event partners include: The Sneaker Factory, TAPinto Millburn and Short Hills, Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce and Millburn Township Committee.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 

The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 820 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping nearly 1,900 displaced families; collected more than 90,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 4,180 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 113,200 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.org.