SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The annual Run with the Vikings 5K will not be conducted this month for the first time in more than a decade.
The event, traditionally held in early November at South Brunswick High School on the same morning as the New York City Marathon, was made possible by the school’s Viking Athletic Club (VAC). But it wasn’t organized this year.
“Unfortunately, the club had to step away from sponsoring and supplying all the volunteers to put on the event,” said longtime Race Director, Robert Tona, a South Brunswick resident.
Asked why VAC decided not to conduct the race, Elaine McGrath, the high school’s athletic director, said that she “decided to move the club in a different direction. Right now we are not running (it).”
“I’m disappointed there won’t be a 5K this year, but I’m lucky to have been a part of such a great day,” added Tona. “The previous 13 races couldn’t have been possible without Karen Bertucci (athletic secretary), Elaine McGrath, and all the volunteers/staff.”
“I enjoyed watching the marathon on the monitors in the cafeteria,” said one participant. “And they never skimped on all the great food and beverages served after the race. One year I won a gift certificate for Halter’s Cycle Shop. I hope the race returns in the future.”
The day always included a One Mile Fun Run held just prior to the 5k, as well.