BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Employee Wellness Committee and EmPoWER Somerset will be holding the seventh annual 5K Race to Wellness March 28 at Duke Island Park, in Bridgewater.

The 5K course is flat, fast and USATF certified, according to a release.

“Each year, the county Employee Wellness Committee and EmPoWER Somerset host the 5K Race to Wellness for the benefit of the community and the county employees, and this year’s race is no exception,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson in the release. “Come one, come all for a fun-filled event, where I am challenging the freeholders to join me in running and walking the course to help promote wellness."

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“All proceeds from this year’s race will benefit non-profit organizations, including EmPoWER Somerset, Simuel Whitfield Simmons Organization and the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc," she added. "Please join us for a morning of friendly competition, camaraderie and smiles.”

The event will be held at 9 a.m., and participants who pre-register will pay a $30 entry fee, and will receive shirts and a goody bags. There is a $20 entrant fee for participants age 60 and above, and 19 years old and younger.

The cost for same-day registrants is $40.

All top finishers will receive awards, and four-time track and field Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs will lead a warm-up before the race.

Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo will also be running in the race, according to the release.

"My life revolves around promoting youth, safety, education and community in Somerset County," Russo said in the release. "I believe a healthy person is a productive and happy person, and this event fills that goal."

EmPoWER Somerset Executive Director Brenda Esler said health and wellness are central to EmPoWER Somerset's mission. EmPoWER Somerset is a non-profit agency with a mission to assist individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices.

"We’re honored to be part of this annual event, which unites county and community organizations for promoting health and to support local nonprofits,” she said in the release.

Click here to register online for the event.