SUMMIT, NJ - Everyone knows that 'Moms Rock', and a record-breaking participation -- in excess of 1,300 people -- underscored that obvious proclamation, the throng re-affirming their commitment to a healthy lifestyle and giving back to the community through the Summit Area YMCA's 16th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk.
After a full day of rain the previous day, the morning of the event at Memorial Field in Berkeley Heights was greeted by cool breezes and partly cloudy skies, ideal conditions for participants. The family-friendly event also hosted a magic show, Zumba dancing, a tot trot, face painting and music.
All age groups participated in this chip-timed, USATF-sanctioned Grand Prix race which raised a record of $59,000 in net proceeds. Patrick Manion of Summit won first place with a time of 16:54; Christopher Heckelman of Summit placed second with a time of 17:12.4; and Gillaum Flavigny placed third with a time of 17:19.5. Complete race results can be found by visiting thesay.org/5ktimes.
The 5K run celebrates and honors those impacted by cancer, and proceeds benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer recovery program, which is free to all cancer survivors and patients looking to regain their health and strength in a small group, supportive environment. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants receive a free, 12-week membership to the Y as they work on rebuilding muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and more. This meaningful program is offered in both the Berkeley Heights YMCA and the Summit YMCA.
This year’s race was also held in memory of Dawne Hausman, with more than $19,000 was raised in her memory to support childcare scholarships at The Learning Circle YMCA, one of three branches of the Summit Area YMCA providing quality childcare. Hausman’s three children presented the award for First Place Female Ages 6-9 to Ellie Robertson of Berkeley Heights in honor of their mom, who was involved with running and coaching young girls in the “Girls On The Run” Program.
President & CEO Paul Kieltyka shared: “We are so proud of the tremendous outpouring of support from our communities for our cancer recovery program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, and for the Hausman family. The Summit Area Y Mother’s Day 5K Run and Walk has become the tradition for all of those we serve to celebrate our mothers while also exhibiting healthy living.”
Platinum event sponsors, whose support is instrumental to the events success, were Atlantic Rehabilitation and Taylor Rentals.