WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The inaugural RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk” in partnership with the New Jersey Devils, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Reservoir.

The race and day of family fun will benefit RWJBarnabas Health’s Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is Honorary Chairman of the event, and WABC-TV news anchor Ken Rosato will serve as master of ceremonies. RWJBarnabas Health is the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils.

“Early fall is a great time to visit the Turtle Back Zoo and this event promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family, all for the benefit of the Clara Maass Medical Center,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph. D., President and CEO of Clara Maass Medical Center. “For runners, the 5K race will challenge competitors of all-ages, with an amazing trek through the beautiful South Mountain Reservoir.”

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Highlighting the RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils” festivities will be a competitive 5K race, which starts inside the Turtle Back Zoo and then takes the runners on a picturesque route through the South Mountain Reservoir. Complementing the race will be a family fun walk that takes participants on a journey throughout the zoo, providing the chance to see more than 100 different species of animals from five continents. Other activities throughout the day include interactive games on site, appearances by the New Jersey Devils Street Team and the team mascot, as well as an opportunity to meet Devils alumni.

“We are thrilled to partner with RWJBarnabas Health on this amazing community event,” said Jeff Scott, VP of Community Investment and Grassroots, for the New Jersey Devils. “This is a great opportunity to bring these two organizations together to enjoy a day of family fun and we look forward to making this an annual event.”

Registration and check-in for the “Running with the Devils” 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.on Sunday, Sept. 24, with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. Runners can compete as individuals, or as a team, and the cost is $30 for adults who sign-up online through Sept. 23 ($35 fee for event day registration), and $10 for children.  All entries include zoo admission for the day, an event t-shirt and completion medal. Awards for the 5K Run will be presented to the top 3 male, female and child finishers.

The family fun walk begins at 8:45 a.m., and the cost is $25 for adult walkers who sign-up online through Sept. 23 ($30 fee for event day registration), and $10 for child walkers. Children under 4 are free. The fee includes an event t-shirt and zoo admission for the day.

As part of the charitable aspect of RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils,” and to encourage team participation, there will be several awards presented to individuals who lead the fundraising effort in support of the Clara Maass Medical Center. For more information on the event, to become a sponsor or to register for the RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils” 5K or family fun walk on September 24, visit www.zoofunrun.org.

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Its centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information, call 888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/claramaass

Comprised of more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering 5 million people. The system includes 11 acute care hospitals: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH- New Brunswick, RWJUH- Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The system also boasts three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.

Established in 1982, the New Jersey Devils hockey club is celebrating its 35th anniversary season in the Garden State.  During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. For more information about the Devils, visit NewJerseyDevils.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NJDevils.