WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation’s eighth annual USATF-certified STOP for Nikhil 5K Run/3K Walk is fast approaching. The event, to be held on Sunday at West Orange High School, promotes traffic safety awareness while remembering those who have died or have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The event, which was established in 2011 to honor the memory of 11-year-old Nikhil Badlani, also raises funds to support academic scholarships for underserved children. The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m., the 3K walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. and a "Kids Run" will follow at 10:30 a.m.

Each day, 100 people die in motor vehicle crashes. Badlani became one of these victims on June 11, 2011, when a driver ran a STOP sign.

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“This is a public health crisis that we can fix,” the Nikhil Badlani Foundation wrote in a press release. “By participating in the run/walk, you will help the foundation in their mission to save lives and reduce the number of injuries from motor vehicle crashes.”

Event activities will include music, games, face painting, arts and crafts, prizes and food trucks. In addition, Essex County will provide discounted admission to the Turtle Back Zoo, Mini Golf Safari and Codey Arena on race day to any participants who show their Run/Walk bibs.

Awards will also be presented to:

  • Team captain who raises the most funds
  • Team captain with the most team members
  • Top male and female overall
  • Top three male and female runners in each age group

There is still time to register, start a team or donate at www.stopfornikhil.org.