RED BANK, NJ – Last year’s inaugural Red Bank Classic 5k event drew over 1,000 participants, was extremely well planned, executed and received tremendous accolades from the runners, the residents and visitors.
This year’s Classic 5k will be held on Saturday, June 15th.
TAPinto Red Bank spoke with the core committee that makes this one of New Jersey’s premiere racing events. The success of the 5k comes down to just plain hard work and paying attention to the details.
It’s folks like these that make Red Bank a destination for so many things; Arts, Theater, Dining, Shopping and now as a Healthcare conscious community.
We spoke with Angela Courtney, owner of Sweetest Sin Boutique, a founder of the Classic 5k race and a representative of the Red Bank Business Alliance, Jim Scavone, Executive Director of the Red Bank RiverCenter and Teicia Gaupp, Marketing Manager for The Community YMCA, asking this highly dedicated group a series of questions:
TAPinto: You experienced a highly successful first-time 5K event last summer. To what do you attribute the great turnout?
Scavone: A big part of it was the excitement of bringing back the race to Red Bank. I think people were very motivated to be in the town and running in the race. That definitely added to the success.
Gaupp: We have a very charitable and giving community, people care about each other in this town and the local Red Bank area. Neighbors, friends, families coming out together doing something active for a greater good is what it’s all about.
Courtney: The business community really wanted to bring something back to town that was a community wide event for the residents and for customers. We were very excited to get together with the YMCA, Parks and Recreation, the Red Bank RiverCenter and the Red Bank Business Alliance. Last year, we didn’t expect the event to be as huge as it was. Our goal was to get 500 runners, have a great day with an after party in Marine Park and at Red Rock Tap & Grill. We had over 1,000 runners, and if the weather holds, we might exceed that number this year.
TAPinto: How are you building on last year’s success for an even better event this year?
Scavone: Number one, we’re riding the wave of the success of last year’s event and because of this I think people want to be part of something so successful, and this was key for us in getting additional sponsors.
Gaupp: I think expanding Fitness Fest, involving more businesses, families and letting people know that the race is on. The Kid’s Dash was so well attended and everybody loved seeing those kids running down the street.
Courtney: We added a new element this year for teams and are really encouraging people to sign up as a team, whether it’s your business team or family and friends and help fund raise for our awesome organizations. We’re also reaching out to the local schools to get the teenagers involved.
TAPinto: Can you share some highlights of the planned activities at the Fitness Fest?
Courtney: We have a lot of great businesses and partners that are coming out. There’s going to be great food, we have activities for all ages so that children can be engaged. We’ll have Flow Paddle Board, Crossfit, Evolve and the YMCA. Families will have a great time.
Gaupp: And all the activities are free. Free food for the runners, each and every vendor is doing some sort of interactive event and we have an awards ceremony overlooking the beautiful Navesink River.
TAP: What makes this 5K different from other area road races?
Scavone: People love running through downtown Red Bank, the setting and the location is a big selling point to the racers. It’s a great visual, just being able to run on Broad Street, though people say that the hill is very challenging, and, that there’s so much pride in getting over the hill!
Gaupp: There’s something special about this town and everybody gets involved. The spectators felt like they were participating with their signs, unofficial water stops and cheering on the runners.
Courtney: We don’t close Broad Street for many events so it’s a very special thing to do. This is a real race, it’s USATF certified with a certified course and it’s a charitable event.
Gaupp: The Classic 5k Race enables us to provide scholarships to the Red Bank Parks and Rec. and the YMCA specifically for youth-based activities, camps and child care which helps families thrive.
Scavone: Red Bank is becoming more and more a center for wellness, with a lot of new businesses that are health-focused which naturally leads to excitement about events that are centered around that. There’s such a culture developing around Red Bank over health and wellness, that the Classic 5k has just naturally become the center of that.
We contacted Charlie Hoffmann, Director of the Red Bank Parks and Recreation Department (and the hardest working man in town), who said, “The Red Bank Classic 5K is a tremendous event for our community in several ways. On race day last year, it was such a joy to see so many of our families have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and positive running experience along with the many post-race events and activities.
Also, the generous donation from the race committee was remarkably helpful in allowing the Recreation Department to provide services, trips, camps and other opportunities to all the families of Red Bank. We hope everyone can get out and enjoy this year's race and are ever thankful to the race committee as well.”
TAP: How do the local businesses and residents support the race?
Scavone: It was amazing last year, there were people on their front lawns that set up water stations. When I run in other races you don’t see that. The community really loves to watch and be part of the race!
Courtney: We have such generous businesses in this town; everyone is getting involved. We have new businesses in town like ChillRx Cryotherapy as a major sponsor, and Saxum Real Estate, Community Magazine, Two River Community Bank and the law firm Hoagland, Longo, plus numerous other business sponsors. Many are planning special race day promotions which will be included in the racer’-s' swag bags. It’s going to be a beautiful Father’s Day weekend so we’re encouraging people to stick around and make a weekend out of it.
If you go on our website, you can see who is offering specials on the night before the race. Other businesses can definitely reach out to us for opportunities to donate to our swag bags or Fitness Fest.
Gaupp: We love our volunteers and could always use the extra help which we are grateful for. It’s fun for the whole family.
So, mark the date on your smartphone - June 15th.
If you’re not running, sign up on the Red Bank Classic 5k website to volunteer and make sure you come out to cheer the runners!
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