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Register Online for the Madison Education Foundation’s 14th Annual Madison 5K May 7th

Bob Koppenol, Race Director and owner of Starting Line Sports, a full-service running store at 40 Main Street in Madison, NJ.

Madison, NJ - The Madison Education Foundation’s 14th Annual Madison 5K race takes place at Madison High School (MHS), 170 Ridgedale Ave., on Sunday, May 7th at 10:00 am. This family-friendly community event features a USA Track and Field certified 5K race/walk plus races for children of all ages.

Race Director Bob Koppenol has been involved with the MEF and the 5K for the past 12 years, the same year he opened his Madison running store, Starting Line Sports. Before that, he was running the race himself, and for the last decade he’s been working with the MEF as Race Director to actually “run” the race. In 2006, Bob worked with officials to get the race certified by the USA Track and Field transforming the event from a handful of runners on the Madison High School grounds to the streets of Madison with more than 500 registrants. Many volunteers make the day a success and, Koppenol states, “The Madison Police Department’s Lieutenant Longo has worked with us for many years in terms of closing down the roads and making sure everyone is safe – together with the Madison Ambulance Corps they help make the day a positive experience for everyone.”

Colleen Taddeo and Karen Tom, MEF trustees and 5K co-chairs praise the work Mr. Koppenol has done over the years, “Bob has been instrumental in getting the race certified and helping us make the 5K what it is today – a fun day out.  Whether you’re a serious runner, a parent walking with their child, or a team of employees competing for a personal best – this community event has something for everyone.” Taddeo believes the “important role that MEF plays in enriching the educational lives of students in the Madison community really add up to a successful and well-attended 5K every year.” During the MEF’s most recent fall and winter Grant Cycles, the Foundation awarded nearly $90,000 in academic enrichment grants across the Madison School District.

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Registration is online and available at along with a map of the racecourse, which is a two-loop course. Registration is also available starting at 8:30am on race-day May 7th at MHS. Fun Runs for children 10 & under begins at 11:00am at the MHS track.  Race packet pickup is held two days before the race on May 5th and 6th at Starting Line Sports, 40 Main St. in Madison. Packet includes bib and t-shirt. More information about the race can be found at

Madison Education Foundation
The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to Pre-K-12 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 $1,114,000 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 or e-mail for more information.


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