HIGHLAND PARK, NJ -  The name may have changed, but the good stuff remains!  Back again this Thanksgiving, the Diaper Dash (formerly Track Friday) will be a day of fitness and fun to support the AECDC-Central Jersey Diaper Bank.  Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories while giving back to the community.

Hosted at the Highland Park High School track on November 29 from 10am-12:30pm, this year’s Dash for Diapers kicks off with an adult-run at 10am, followed by the Opening Ceremony at 11am.  Kids races, food and fun follow, with experienced runners from the Highland Park Track Team races of varying lengths.  We have a fitness expert, Johnny Escalera who will do group stretches and Create your Core who will assist with Physical Therapy needs during the race.

Entering its 5th year, the Dash is organized by the AECDC-Central Jersey Diaper Bank with its partners the Raritan Road Runners Club to raise funds for the only source of diaper assistance in Middlesex Count.  With over $10,000 raised since they began, this team has much to celebrate as they expand upon four years of success with new partners and additional events in a continued effort to address a lesser-known but critical need for many working poor families.

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“Many of us don’t realize the huge financial burden diapers are for low-income families,” shares event organizer Laura Gordon.  “Daycares don’t accept cloth diapers and neither do laundromats, eliminating what could be a cost-effective solution for many”. 

Participants are encouraged to register early at: www.runsignup.com/Race/NJ/HighlandPark/DashforDiapers. Registration is free, with a donation of any amount suggested online or at the time of the event.  All participants receive a free drawstring back, compliments of our sponsors.  For an addition $25, those registering by October 10 will receive an event hoodie.

Sponsorships are available at varying levels starting as low as $150. Visit www.dashfordiapers.org/sponsors  for package details and contact information.

Special thank you to the sponsors that are contributing both in kind donations and dollars which will go directly to the Diaper Bank.  House of Cupcakes of East Brunswick, Francesco Pizza of Milltown, Sweets to Nuts, Bagel Express Milltown, Touch, Dr. Kent Hochberg, Aim Realty, ThrillCoaster Tours, Jersey physical Therapy, Fitness Expert Johnny Escalera, Prosperity Tax Service, The Blue Horse, Create your Core, The Max Challenge of East Brunswick, Hansel ‘n Griddle, Stop and Shop, Zuzanna’s Esthetics, Cabot Cheese, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sheldon Motors

The Central Jersey Diaper Bank, founded in 2010, is a program of the Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation, Inc. (AECDC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that helps low-income families keep their young children healthy and safe. Through free diapers, wipes, formula, clothes, car seats, and other baby items, staff and volunteers provide vital services with respect and compassion. All donations are tax deductible. www.centraljerseydiaperbank.org

Raritan Valley Road Runners, established in 1983, strives to promote the sport of running and its healthy lifestyle. With runs from the Highland Park, Somerset, and Piscataway area, RVRR attracts runners from locations all over Central New Jersey, including New Brunswick, Edison, Somerset, and more. In addition, RVRR sponsors and provides volunteers at a variety of running and related events. www.rvrr.org