The Roxbury 5K; Family Fun Meets Killer Instinct


ROXBURY, NJ – Jim Schulz, the director of the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K Run, stresses that the June 1 race is a family-friendly event. It’s inexpensive and the focus is on fun and raising money for local non-profits.

But it is a race. And, for some, a race – even the most homespun and low-key – is a battle.

So let’s get down to business, Roxbury runners. Are you ready to battle?

Sign Up for E-News

Last year, the fastest Roxbury runner was fleet-footed 35-year-old Maria Danna of Kenvil who crossed the finish line about one second over 18 minutes and came in sixth overall. You can bet there weren’t too many thoughts of family friendliness in her mind as she pounded out those miles, beating Randolph’s Jake Adler, who was about half her age, by 13 scant seconds.

The course is described by veteran runner, running blogger and race helper Madeline Bost as “very fast.” They once called the area Succasunn Plains, so most of the route is lacking in serious ups and downs.

The course starts at Eisenhower Middle School and, as Bost describes it, the route “winds its way through the neighborhoods of Succasunna to Hillside Avenue and ends back at the middle school after passing through the high school campus.”

It’s a path that allowed Morris Plains elite runner Youseff Rochdi to blaze across the finish last year in a mere 15.19.77. To do so, and set a course record, the Moroccan native cleared the 3.1 miles at an average speed of 4.56 minutes per mile.

Rochdi will be here again. If you’ve been training hard and harbor fantasies about giving him a challenge he won’t forget, there’s still plenty of time to sign up. Need more motivation? How about the fact that Roxbury residents pay $20, three dollars less than non-residents?

Tough talk aside, the event really is a family and community affair. This is clearly proven by the fact that families of four signing-up ahead of race day get an additional discount and pay just $55. Each extra family member gets to run for only $15. (Families are defined as parents and dependent children.)

“Right now we have just over 300 people signed up,” said Schulz. “We usually get 100 to 120 on race day … There should be around 600 by race day.”

That level of participation means the event will raise about $7,000 to be donated by event organizer Morris County Striders to Roxbury High School Project Graduation, Roxbury fire department and first aid squads, Roxbury Social Services, the Roxbury Day Care Center and the Kiwanis scholarship fund, said Schulz.

“We actually want to focus on the kids,” said Schulz, a Succasunna resident active in local activities including Boy Scout Troop 159 and Roxbury Recreation track and cross country programs. “We are focusing on community and kids doing something healthy.”

Registration starts at the middle school gym at 5 p.m. and the running starts at 7 p.m.

Afterward, participants can indulge on free pizza from Dominos, free ice cream from Cliff’s Dairy Maid, free water from ShopRite and free fruit from Ledgewood and Wharton Farms. The souvenir T-shirts come from Dezine Line of Ledgewood. Planet Fitness is giving each runner a free digital photo of themselves in action.

While the focus is on children, Rost noted seniors are not forgotten. In fact, there is 85-and-up age division. "The race attracts the senior runners as well as the youngsters” she said, noting that 85-year-old Patricia Tummey of Randolph finished in 55:03 last year and 82-year-old Arch Seamans of Rockaway finished in 41:37. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Thu, July 19, 6:00 PM

La Strada Ristorante, Randolph

La Strada Dinner & Retirement Income Workshop

Business & Finance Food & Drink


Thu, July 19, 7:00 PM

Horseshoe Lake Bandshell, Succasunna

Roxbury Summer Concert Series: Rodeo Gypsies

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

Henry Bona Pools & Spas, Kenvil

Bona Pools Customer Appreciation Sale!

Home & Garden


Sun, July 22, 9:00 AM

Henry Bona Pools & Spas, Kenvil

Bona Pools Customer Appreciation Sale!

Home & Garden

Have You Seen Buttons?

July 11, 2018

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - Residents of Roxbury living near Flanders are asked to keep an eye out for a lost female Yorkie mix that has been missing since July 7.

"Buttons" was last seen near Kevin Drive and Christopher Court in Flanders. The dog, described as friendly but shy, is brown with dark highlights and a white chest patch. If you see her, please call 973-219-9323.


Peyton Knight's Pointers for Safer Driving

Many customers ask my advice for ways to add more years of life to their vehicles. Here are a few pointers from my 35 years of experience in the auto repair industry, as well as some tips to keep you safer on the road.  

1.    Pull Through a Parking Spot.  Pull through to the other side of a parking space so your vehicle faces forward out ...

More Snow! Let Your Kid Drive in It!

ROXBURY, NJ - We are again about to be walloped by a snowstorm. These words, first written at the beginning of winter, need to be reiterated:

Many parents with a new driver at home will see the storm approaching and instinctively decide to not allow their kids to get behind the wheel until the snow's been cleared.

They might want to rethink that.

When it snows, ...

Is Your Car Ready for Old Man Winter?

You know it’s coming: That first frigid morning when you discover your car is covered in ice. Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head once again to wreak havoc on your car and your ride to work. 

Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that: Let’s be ready for him this year!

Owning a repair shop for over 30 years, I have spent many harsh winters coaxing a dead ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

A Problem and a Solution

July 17, 2018

Greetings, residents of Roxbury Township.  Let me begin by thanking you for the opportunity to serve as the high school principal for the past 15 years.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to do so.

As I “walk into the sunset,” I’d like to bring an important issue to your attention.  It is a significant issue that will plague the district for years to come if ...

Warsaw of Ledgewood Makes St. Lawrence Dean's List

July 2, 2018

CANTON, NY - Nolan Warsaw of Ledgewood has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University's Dean's List for academic achievement during the Spring 2018 semester.

Warsaw is a member of the Class of 2021. Warsaw attended Roxbury High School.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on ...

Two From Roxbury Graduate From Roger Williams

BRISTOL, RI - The following local residents were among the 1,127 students who received their degrees in May as part of the Class of 2018

Paul Bohrer of Succasunna N, with a B.A. in Public Health

Samuel Sherwood of Succasunna NJ (07876), with a B.S. in Finance

Fleming Chosen to Represent RHS at Annual NJ HOBY Seminar

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School sophomore Allison Fleming from Succasunna represented Roxbury High School at this year’s annual NJ Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.

Fleming spent three days in June at Kean University with more than 300 other sophomores from around the state.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global ...

Press Releases


July 13, 2018

Events Will Include STEM, Shooting sports, games and More!


STANHOPE, NJ – July 5, 2018– Time for the whole family to experience adventure this summer!  Have some free summer evenings and ready for a summer evening of family fun?!  Families are invited to attend any of four Family Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler or Watchung Day Camp at no ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...