UNION, NJ – Over 1,000 enthusiastic participants took part in Union’s first Great Inflatable Race on Saturday morning at Union High School.

Kicking off at 9:00 a.m., the event, a partnership between the Township and Union High School and sponsored by PSE&G, featured a fun-run through six inflatable obstacles, spread out over the Union High School football fields and into Rabkin Park.

“I’m really excited about Union’s first inflatable race,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas as she awaited her turn to enter the first obstacle.  “I’m looking forward to running through the obstacles.  But more importantly, my favorite thing about this is the sense of community, seeing families together, inspiring everyone to stay healthy.”

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A food truck festival, with inflatable toys and activities as well as other vendor tents, entertained during the afternoon at Rabkin Park.  A portion of the proceeds from the Inflatable Race and all proceeds from the Food Truck Festival will go to benefit Union High School's Project Graduation.

Union High School senior class advisor and math teacher Cheryl Fiske said, “we’re really excited to bring our third annual Food Truck Festival to Union.  We have more food trucks than ever, we have music and fun for the kids.  We excited for this event to bring the school and community together, and raise money for the high school seniors who have a great Project Graduation every year.”

“It’s an outstanding day for the township,” said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “It’s a lot of fun.  It puts the Township of Union on the map with a wonderful, family event.”

“After we saw the ads around town about the inflatable race, we were really excited,” said Ashley, 20, as she waited her turn to begin the race.  “It looks really fun.”