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More Than 1,000 Expected to Participate in Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday

Greta's Run is this Sunday in Westfield. Credits: Greta's Run

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greta’s Run, a 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities organized in memory of Greta Schoenemann takes place this Sunday at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

Online registration ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. The entry fee is $30.

Greta was Westfield High School freshman in 2002 when she died from injuries after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch. Organized by Greta’s childhood friends, all proceeds from the run benefit people with special and adaptive needs.

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Recently, Greta’s Run skipped a year to become a 501c3 volunteer-led nonprofit, moved to Roosevelt Intermediate School and changed the date from September to April. Participants travel in from 24 states, so Greta’s Run adopted a local and national approach to impact. This year, Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will benefit from the proceeds. To learn more, click here.

“We simply want to put on an event that makes you happy and feel included,” co-founder Ben Nanna said. “There are a lot of barriers in the world for all of us; for a couple of hours we want to make them go away. For you to see what community is and can be, that's important to us.”

At the Official Greta's Run After Party, participants can enjoy a Chill Cryotherapy treatment while basking in the sun outside of 16Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, drinking a mimosa (or Shirley Temple, if you’re under 21) and eating olive dip, he said. Everyone with a Greta’s Run bib will receive 15 percent off of their bill.

“We think you should have more moments like this in life,” Nanna said. “Unfortunately, our community is no stranger to tragedy and loss, but we are resilient and still need to have fun, laugh and meet one another. Nothing will stop Greta's Run from working to make that happen for as many people as possible in this little town of ours."

All online registrants by Friday will be entered to $8,000+ in donated prizes that include a BMW bicycle, beach weekend vacation, Jets tickets, Cryotherapy, The Salad House of Westfield gift cards and a Frederique Constant smart watch. Learn more on the Greta’s Run Facebook page.

Day-of schedule is:  9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. bib/shirt pick-up; 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. day-of registration; 11 a.m. 5K start; noon to 1 p.m. awards and refreshments. The course is USATF certified and sanctioned.

PICKUP: BIBS & SHIRTS - If you are able to, organizers ask that participants please pick up bibs and shirts early.

  • EARLY: Lord & Taylor - 609 North Avenue

Friday 4/211:00PM-8:00PM

Saturday 4/2210:30AM-9:00PM

  • DAY OF: Roosevelt Intermediate School - 301 Clark Street

Sunday 4/239:00AM-10:45AM

 

PARKING – Organizers ask that, if you are able to walk, please do.

  • FREE PARKING - MAP

Downtown Westfield Lots

Westfield Train Station Lots

On-street Parking

  • LIMITED PARKING

Lord & Taylor lot (no parking after 12:30 p.m.)

  • HANDICAP/ ACCESSIBLE PARKING (entire lot reserved)

Roosevelt Intermediate School Lot

  • NO PARKING - MAP

ALL streets of the Greta’s Run Course

Clark Street between Cowperthwaite Place

 

Sponsors include:

DRAGONFLY SUPPORTERS: Westfield Public Schools, Westfield Athletics, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

GOLD SPONSORS: Ironshore, Lord & Taylor, Jersey Mike's Subs of Westfield, 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro
SILVER SPONSORS: TAPinto Westfield, Washington School 5th Grade, EuroSport, Metropolis, Union Pork Store, The Anderson Family, BMW of Bloomfield.

BRONZE SPONSORS: The Fortino Family, Westfield Boosters, Rudy's Ristorante, Bentley Laboratories, Westfield Memorial Pool Marlins, The Fallig Family, Guillotine Salon and Spa, The Vickers Family, The Anonymous Family, Elegant Homes NJ, The Mistretta Family, Westfield Pediatric Dental Group, Westfield Health & Rehabilitation, The River and Rail Cantina, Spector Foerst & Associates, UBS Financial Services Inc., The Juice House, Hilltop Bicycles, The Salad House of Westfield, ChillRx Cryotherapy, Gold Medal Fitness, Fit Body Boot Camp, Wheel House Elite Cycle Studio, Parisi Speed School, Personal Best Training Center, Core Pilates Reformer Studio, Crossfit Garwood, Garjuilo Produce, The Schoenemann Family.

TAPinto Westfield is a proud sponsor of Greta’s Run.

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