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RWJBarnabas Health to Host “Running with the Devils” 5K at Turtle Back Zoo

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RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils to Benefit Clara Maass Medical Center to host charitable race and day of family fun at Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Reservoir on Sept. 24

WEST ORANGE, NJThe inaugural RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk,” benefitting RWJBarnabas Health’s Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Reservoir.

RWJBarnabas Health, the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils, is partnering with the NewJersey Devils to host this family-friendly event. According to RWJBarnabas Health, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. will serve as Honorary Chairman and WABC-TV news anchor Ken Rosato will serve as master of ceremonies.

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“Early fall is a great time to visit the Turtle Back Zoo and this event promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family, all for the benefit of the Clara Maass Medical Center,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph. D, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Clara Maass Medical Center. “For runners, the 5K race will challenge competitors of all-ages, with an amazing trek through the beautiful South Mountain Reservoir.”

Highlighting the RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils” festivities will be a competitive 5K race, which begins inside the Turtle Back Zoo and then takes the runners on a picturesque route through the South Mountain Reservoir. Complementing the race will be a family fun walk that will take participants on a journey throughout the zoo, providing the chance to see more than 100 different species of animals from five continents.

Other activities throughout the day will include interactive games on site, appearances by the New Jersey Devils Street Team and the team mascot, as well as an opportunity to meet legendary New Jersey Devils Alumni.

“We are thrilled to partner with RWJBarnabas Health on this amazing community event,” said Jeff Scott, vice president of community investment and grassroots at the New Jersey Devils. “This is a great opportunity to bring these two organizations together to enjoy a day of family fun and we look forward to making this an annual event.”

Registration and check-in for the RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils” 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. Runners can compete as individuals, or as a team, and the cost is $30 for adults who sign-up online through Sept. 23 ($35 fee for event day registration), and $10 for children.

All entries include zoo admission for the day, an event T-shirt and completion medal. Awards for the 5K Run will be presented to the top three male, female and child finishers.

The family fun walk begins at 8:45 a.m., and the cost is $25 for adult walkers who sign-up online through Sept. 23 ($30 fee for event day registration), and $10 for child walkers. Children under 4 are free. The fee includes an event t-shirt and zoo admission for the day.

As part of the charitable aspect of RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils,” and to encourage team participation, there will be several awards presented to individuals who lead the fundraising effort in support of the Clara Maass Medical Center. For more information on the event, to become a sponsor or to register for event, visit www.zoofunrun.org.

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