RANDOLPH, NJ – Hundreds of community members gathered at the at Randolph High School on June 15 to participate in the 10th annual Randolph Rocks 5k fundraiser for the REF ( Randolph Education Foundation).
After collecting their shirts and bibs, runners participated in a warm-up outside the commons consisting of music and lively dancing. Kids, parents, and friends prepared for the race in a variety of ways, ranging from running around the track to simply catching up with friends or family.
The national anthem was sung by student Olivia Howell, followed by short speeches by Randolph Mayor Jim Loveys and REF President and race director Margaret Clark .
“I think people enjoy the course through the streets and the trails of Randolph,” said Clark. “It shows all of the beauty of our town. They also like that they see their friends and neighbors on race day all participating in the same event.”
The race took place between the high school and Brundage Park, with the scenic loop being made-up of 70% road and 30% trails through the town’s rolling hills.
Once the children’s 1k race concluded, participants in the 5k assembled at the starting line and began the feature race. While many were content to walk or jog, others ran to establish personal records.
First place in the Male Division was won by Patrick Mullen, 18, of Morristown at 17:13.8, followed by Randolph’s James Keaney, 17, at 17:44.8. Champion of the Female Division was Rebecca Sebastian, 29, at 20:11.3, with runner-up Catherine Fairfield coming in at 21:15.6.
Aside from bringing the Randolph community together, the race also raises funds for enriching the town education system.
“This event has helped us to donate more than $300,000 to create opportunities that inspire our teachers to innovate and enable our students to come to school ready to learn and flourish,” said Clark.
At the finish line, runners were greeted by cheers, music, refreshments, and complementary stretching and treatment from local Randolph Health and Wellness professionals, as well as toys on the football field for kids to play with.
Many local businesses and organizations were event sponsors helping to fund the event, including Primrose Pre-School, Pediatric Dental Associates, Goddard School of Randolph, Baumwoll Orthodontics, the Randolph Rotary Club, and others. With a total of 419 participants this year, the 5k continues to be one of Randolph’s most special events. For more information on the event and complete list of results, visit randolpheducationfoundation.org. To view the entire TAP into Randolph Photo Gallery from the event, CLICK HERE
Editor's Note: Loren Grzesiowski is a student at RHS participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Randolph.