WEST ORANGE, NJ — Nearly 300 participants joined the New Jersey Devils hockey team at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and that the South Mountain Reservation on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the first annual “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk,” benefiting RWJBarnabas Health’s Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the zoo’s train station, teams and individuals ran hallway around the reservoir before returning to the zoo for some interactive Devils-themed games.  Admission was $25 for adults and $10 for children over the age of four.

“We’re hoping to raise $40,000 this year,” said Justine McCarthy, one the people who ran the event. “We’ve raised over $150,000 so far [over the past six years].”

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The top ten highest-donating teams and individual participants raised a total of approximately $3,650, according to the event organizers. The top five highest-donating teams were Sodexo Starts ($1,500), Relentless ($480), Devils All Day All Night ($375), Team Devils/Pru Center ($345), and Tristan vs. Dad ($325).

“The Devils have a strong partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, and we wanted a partner to promote active lifestyles,” said McCarthy.

Devils alumnus and three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko was also on hand to sign autographs for participants.

“[I found out about the event] through my in-laws,” said participant and second-place winner of the male age 18-99 category, Joseph Altenau.

Race winners were organized by age and gender. The male ages 1-17 winners were M. Grossman, T. Doll, and J. McNulty, respectively. The male ages 18-99 winners were P. Coyne, J. Altenau and B. Garie. The female ages 1-17 winners were J. Keith, S. Ahad, and M. Doll. The female ages 18-99 winners were A. Malecki, A. Navarro and K. Burns.

For more information on upcoming New Jersey Devils events, visit www.nhl.com/devils.

Josh Baker is a senior at West Orange High School participating in the TAPinto West Orange student intership program.