SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – GWACC (The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) in support of the Scotch Plains Business and Professionals Association and the Township of Scotch Plains will host its first Mayor’s 0.5k Race – The Anti-5K Race on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

“We are very excited to bring this unique tongue and cheek race event to Scotch Plains and provide support to The Frazee House renovations as well help fund the Mayor’s Hometown Hero’s Banner Program,” said Gene Jannotti, CEO of GWACC.

The Mayor’s 0.5k Race takes place in town center on Friday, Sept. 7. The event will start with a check-in pre-party from 6:00 – 7:30 pm with local food, drink and a DJ. The “race” begins at 7:30 pm. Participants will follow an approximate 547-yard course.

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Along the course will be rest stops with snacks and water should runners get tired. All participants will receive a beer or ice cream cup to help them celebrate their achievement. An awards ceremony will follow with an “I Did It!” celebration. For event information or to register, visit

“This race isn’t to be taken seriously. Its intent is to bring the Scotch Plains community together in a fun and unique way. We are happy to be working with the Township Scotch Plains and the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association in this endeavor,” said Jannotti.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith added: “We are delighted that the GWACC brought this light-hearted event to us. We are looking forward to hosting this exciting community-minded and fun evening, the whole family can participate. I hope everyone will come out and have a great time.”

Proceeds from this fun event will go to benefit two initiatives in Scotch Plains. The first is The Frazee House renovations. The Revolutionary War period farmstead is a Union County landmark made famous by its sheer survival for more than 230 years and by the tale of Elizabeth "Aunt Betty" Frazee's legendary confrontation with a British General Cornwallis during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777.

The second charity is the Hometown Hero’s Banner Program. The program seeks to recognize those Scotch Plains and Fanwood (living and deceased) veterans and active duty military who live or have lived in these towns. Those served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines or Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WWII) will be honored with banners along the towns’ main streets displaying their name, photograph, branch of service and years of service of each Veteran.

About Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Established almost 70 years ago, the GWACC is the primary business organization in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, and Westfield. The chamber promotes local business opportunities, economic development, and community growth. The GWACC includes 500 member businesses and nonprofit organizations.