MADISON, NJ - Grey skies and rain could not dampen the enthusiasm surrounding the 2016 Madison 5K on May 1st.  The Madison 5K is a critical fundraiser for the Madison Education Foundation which awards educational enrichment grants to teachers at all Madison public schools.  More than 500 registrants along with the generosity of sponsors helped raise $33,000 which will support future grant cycles.

“We are proud and grateful for the incredible support we received at this year’s Madison 5K.  In spite of the rain, we had a great crowd and even registered 84 walk-ins on the morning of the race,” says MEF Co-President Clare Sievers.  “We had 54 event sponsors this year – many of whom have been with us since the race started 13 years ago.  This event simply would not be possible without them.” 

A new sponsor – Saucony – donated high-performance sneakers to the top three men and woman finishers.   “We are delighted to offer this extra prize to the top runners this year, and are very appreciative to Saucony for providing this sponsorship.”

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Top male and female finishers were Madison District students Noah Buzinkai and Jamie Habib. Madison High School senior Buzinkai sailed across the finish with a time of 17:57.  Twelve year old Jamie Habib took first place for women with a time of 21:12 starting the race with dad Brian by her side.  “One of the aspects of this event that is especially meaningful is the participation of Madison students and faculty,” adds Sievers. “Madison faculty is appreciative of the grants they receive throughout the year and our students are aware of the role the Foundation plays in making classes more exciting and rewarding.”

Madison Education Foundation

The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to Madison District teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $950,000 in grants.  MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1093 Madison NJ  07940 or submitted online. Visit www.mefnj.org or e-mail info@mefnj.org for more information.