Edison, NJ  - Over 800 participants gathered on Sunday for the  Annual Miles for Minds 5K and Fun Run/Walk at Roosevelt Park in Edison.

The event, now in its 11th year,  supports the Center for Brain Injuries at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. 

The morning began with the Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. and as the last of the walkers finished the one-mile trek, the horn sounded for the 5K to begin.

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In 15 minutes and 19.72 seconds, 28-year-old Rob Albano placed first overall and the first male.  He was followed by Stephen Rathbun in second place and Kush Patel in third place.

 At 22 minutes and 10.72 seconds, 27-year-old Ashley Smolinka finished as the first female overall. She was followed by Amy Bernstein and  Kathleen Rocker in the division. 

The more than 800 participants, sponsors and donors helped to raise more than $50,000.  All proceeds benefit the Center for Brain Injuries at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute which is recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer in brain trauma evaluation and treatment.  

“Each year since 2008, the JFK Foundation has hosted the race to raise money for the Center for Brain Injuries and its patients,” said organizers.