Health & Wellness

Fun, Festive 4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K Takes Place Oct. 11

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A costumed Lindsay Pearce and Kirsten Yili, both of Bridgewater, sprint to the finish in the 2013 Spooky Sprint 5K. Credits: Chris Kokoszka for the Somerset Valley YMCA
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A giant spider balloon bobs overhead at the start of last year's festive Spooky Sprint 5K, sponsored by the Somerset  Valley YMCA. Registration is underway now for the Oct. 11 fun run.. Credits: Chris Kokoszka for the Somerset Valley YMCA
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Frightfully fun and fearsomely festive, the Somerset Valley YMCA’s 4th annual benefit Spooky Sprint 5K is set for Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Plaza in Somerville.

The Halloween-themed event winds through the streets of town. At the finish line, awards are presented to the top three male and female runners in age group categories from 14 and under through 85 and up.

The fun run is noted for its festive atmosphere, including costumed participants which last year included Batgirl, clowns and witches.

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Last year’s race brought out more than 250 runners, who surged from the starting line as a giant spider balloon bobbed overhead. At the end of the race, runners are treated to a hot and cold buffet provided by sponsor, Verve.

"Everyone who comes out for our benefit event has a great time,” said Sarah Nathans, executive director of the Somerville Branch of the Somerset Valley YMCA. "We have participants in all age categories, from children in carriages to seniors 80 and older. This is a truly a community-wide event and we are proud to host it.”

The family-focused event is a fundraiser for the Y’s Annual Support Campaign. A nonprofit, the Y does not turn anyone away for financial reasons.

Runners can sign up now at bestrace.com. The race is a USA Track and Field certified event.

The 5K run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of East High and Grove streets. Music and activities for children are offered.

All proceeds of the Spooky Sprint go to the nonprofit Y's Annual Support campaign, which makes it possible to offer reduced prices for memberships, health and wellness programs, summer camp, swim lessons and child care for families and seniors with limited incomes.

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