SUMMIT, NJ - The 14th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race, hosted by the Summit YMCA, Berkeley Heights YMCA, and The Learning Circle YMCA, will be held May 10 at Memorial Field in Berkeley Heights.  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.

The chip-timed race will be run on a USATF-sanctioned, Grand Prix course, starting at 9 a.m., with race day check-in from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. The Mother’s Day 5K is a family-friendly event that will also include a magic show, bouncy houses, arts & crafts, family Zumba, and music. Additionally, there will be a 50/50 Raffle, for which tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance at the Summit YMCA, the Berkeley Heights YMCA, or The Learning Circle YMCA. 

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 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 this meaningful cause. 

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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.

“Since my diagnosis of stage-3 breast cancer, I’ve had several surgeries, chemotherapy, and over 30 rounds of radiation," said Denice DeGregorio, a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant. "I tried physical therapy to battle pain and fatigue but had marginal results. Then I learned about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. When I joined I couldn’t lift my arms above my head, but after a few weeks I could put them over my head and clasp them behind my back. This program is better than any kind of therapy. I regained mobility and a sense of independence. It transformed me by helping me become stronger and feel better about myself.”

Investors Bank is the event's Platinum Sponsor for 2015.

“We are proud to partner with our platinum sponsors to offer this meaningful and fun event,” said Paul Kieltyka, President and CEO of 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.”
 
Race registration is available online at www.theSAY.org, or in person at the Summit YMCA, located at 67 Maple Street, or the Berkeley Heights YMCA, located at 550 Springfield Avenue, For more information on the Mother’s Day 5K Race, contact Caitlin Jensen at 908 / 738-2179, or via caitlin.jensen@thesay.org.

Memorial Field in Berkeley Heights is located at 205 Plainfield Avenue.