SUMMIT, NJ - On Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m., over 300 runners and walkers are expected to join together at the Village Green in Summit for the 17th Annual Our House 4 Mile Race and 2 Mile Walk.
This USATF sanctioned event draws sports enthusiasts and casual runners and walkers alike thanks to its unique mileage and fun, friendly atmosphere where participants raise money to support adults with developmental disabilities. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Our House Foundation which funds programs and services provided by Our House, Inc. Thanks to community support, donations and sponsors, including Associate Sponsors CR Bard Foundation and Investors Bank, Our House hopes to reach its goal of raising $150,000 at the event.
Master of Ceremonies, John Elliott of CBS News, will be on hand to emcee the event. "I always feel inspired when I help out Our House," said Elliott. "I feel a special connection with many of the residents and participants, since it reminds me of my late brother in law, who, in spite of a disability, lived a rich life, full of laughter and love. At each Our House event, I hear the same kind of laughter and feel the love from the amazing people that participate," he said. "I also know how important it is that people with special needs receive excellent care and ongoing social, educational and employment opportunities. The committed Our House staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that all individuals can live life to their full potential by providing them with ongoing support and chances to learn and grow."
In addition to the USATF certified races, the 13th Annual ‘Everyone’s A Winner Race’ will be held. This is a free event for the special needs community. Our House residents and program participants, as well as any other attendee with special needs who wishes to participate may join in the fun. This feel good race kicks off at 10:45am and is a highlight of the day with medals presented to all of the participants by Elliott.
The 4 mile and 2 mile race courses travel through the beautiful rolling hills and flat terrain of gorgeous residential and downtown Summit. In addition to race activities, arts and crafts, face painting, complimentary food and a DJ will be on hand to add to the festivities. All participants receive a race bag that includes a sleeveless tech tee and other goodies.
The 4 miler kicks off at the Village Green in Summit at 10 a.m., followed by the 2 miler at 10:15 a.m. Awards ceremony will be held at 11:15 a.m. Mile clocks and water stops are located along the routes and the race is chip timed. $2,000 in prize money is up for grabs and medals will be presented to the top three overall racers, as well as to the top three finishers in each five-year age group. For more information on prize categories, please visit www.OurHouseOurRun.org.
Online registration is now open at www.OurHouseOurRun.org until May 19th and costs $28 ($25 for USATF-NJ Members). Day of the event registration on May 21 is $33.
For more information on Our House, Inc. or the Our House Foundation, visit www.ourhousenj.org.
The mission of Our House Inc. is (1) to provide healthy and stimulating environments for people with developmental and other disabilities, through the provision of community residences, employment opportunities, social programs and other supports designed to help them achieve their full potential for living meaningful and productive lives; and (2) to provide affordable housing for low income individuals, consistent with IRS guidelines for low income housing programs, as a means of relieving the poor and distressed. Our House Inc. offers programs to individuals across New Jersey in towns including: Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Maplewood, Millington, New Providence, Newark, Summit, Union, Verona, West Orange and Westfield. They are slated to open their newest residence in Livingston in summer 2016.