UNION, NJ - Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to join the Union Township Chamber of Commerce again this year at its Seventh Annual Mayor’s Day 5K Run on Sunday, September 24. A committee has been actively working over the summer to plan and expand this year’s event. Shake A Paw Rescue and Adoption Center of Union has signed on as Major Event Sponsor.

Held rain or shine, the race will start and end at Union High School on Cooke Drive, following a course certified by USA Track & Field.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the actual race commencing at 9:00 a.m. 

Hayley O’Connor of Electro America and Eugene Mitchell of Investors Bank, both of Union, have been named co-chairs of this year’s 5K. Other committee members include: John Stampone, Major Printing Company; David Arminio, Union Township Historical Society; Angel Cartagena, Batteries Plus Bulbs; Jinet Ventura, United Community & Business Solutions; Laura Rokosz, Egglrock Nutrition; Michael Atanasio, Overlook Medical Center; Paul Mickiewicz, Gateway Family YMCA; Laura Bretzger, City Fire Equipment Company; Fran Ryan, Unity Bank Johnathan Frazer, Cintas and Cynthia McGhee, Cynthia McGhee Insurance Agency.

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“This year marks the seventh anniversary of this popular community event, and we are working to make it our biggest and best ever,” said Chamber Executive James Masterson. “We are grateful to the Township of Union Board of Education for generously hosting this event and we are excited to hold this event once again.”

Prizes will be awarded for various categories, and t-shirts and gift bags will be distributed to the first 300 registrants.

Masterson added that a portion of the proceeds will go to help defray the medical expenses of a local family, the Lacerda family, who experienced a major trauma when father, Mike Lacerda, suffered an aneurysm followed by three strokes. 

“We are so pleased that Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas chose the Lacerda family as our cause this year,” Masterson said. “We encourage our community to come out and help provide assistance to this wonderful and deserving family. Life can change in an instant for any of us.”

To register, go online to www.runsignup.com, and enter Mayor’s Day 5K. Further information is available by contacting the Chamber directly at 908-688-2777, visiting www.unionchamber.com or emailing the Chamber at executivedirector@unionchamber.com.

The day will also feature a Kid’s Run for grades K through 5 at the high school’s Cooke Memorial Football Field. This event will begin immediately following the 5K start at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.  The cost to participate is $12.00, which includes a t-shirt. This year, they have also opened up registration for the Kids’ Run, online, by clicking on 5K Run/Kids’ Run in the Events tab at www.unionchamber.com.

Businesses wishing to become a sponsor may contact Masterson at executivedirector@unionchamber.com for a listing of the various levels of support. All sponsorships include a table at the event for businesses to showcase their companies.

In addition to Shake A Paw, other sponsors include:  

Presenting Sponsor: Ray Catena of Union and Union Township Board of Education

Gold Sponsors: Gateway Family YMCA, Bayada Home Health, City MD, Deep Foods, Inc., Overlook Medical Center and the Union Township Education Association

Silver Sponsors: Batteries Plus Bulbs, BCB Bank, Buy Wise Auto Parts, Club Metro USA, ConnectOne Bank, Cozy Corner Deli and Caterers, Electro-America, Inc., Investors Bank, JAG Physical Therapy, Laser Dental Group, Maplecrest Ford Lincoln, Muscle Maker Grill, Northfield Bank, PSE&G, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, Spencer Savings Bank, Sunburst Gymnastics, Union Municipal Drug Alliance and Union Spine and Rehabilitation

Kid’s Run Sponsors: Kiddie Academy of Springfield and United Community and Business Solutions

Bronze Sponsors:  A.A.A. of Union , Bagels and Beans, iSmile Dental Care, Hehl and Hehl Attorneys,  M&T Bank, The Halal Guys, Union Animal Hospital, Unity Bank, Union and Raritan Anesthesia Associates and Walgreens

Friends of the Chamber:  AdvoCare-We Build Champions, City Fire Equipment Company, Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage, Cynthia McGhee Insurance Agency, Egglrock Nutrition, Espin Preschool and Learning Center, First Baptist Church of Vauxhall, James Guerra Architects, The Learning Experience, Le Bon Pretzels, Major Printing Company, Mark Levajac and Associates, NJ Hair Studio and Spa, Patel Printing Plus, SM Service and Technology, Summit Behavioral Health, The MAX of Springfield-Union, The Theater Project, Two Ques Cafe, Union Township Historical Society

Media Sponsor: Tap Into Union

Supporting Sponsors: AVE of Union, Boys & Girls Club of Union County, Kessler Rehabilitation, Roselle Glass Company, Road ID, Union Township Police Department and Joel Simpson Photography.