Memorial Field will host the 17th annual Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk on Sunday.
The festivities start on Memorial Field at 7:45 a.m. with late registration and distribution of race packets, including number with d-ring chip for electronic timing, custom race shirt and goodie bag (if raining, go to Berkeley Heights Community Center on Park Avenue). The 5K road race takes off at 9:30 am, followed by the 1.5-mile fitness walk at 9:35 a.m.
Free fun runs for children ages 2 to 11 begin at 10:15 a.m. on Memorial Field; all participating children will receive a race ribbon (no registration is necessary).
The awards ceremony begins immediately after the fun runs, with 90 custom plaques and trophies being presented to the top three male and female finishers of the 5K and in various male and female age groups ranging from 10 and younger to 80 and older.
A local DJ will provide entertainment. A patriotic custom balloon arch donated by Taylor Rental in Berkeley Heights will welcome all participants. Complimentary sports massages will be available for all walkers and runners before and after the competition, courtesy of Smith Chiropractic and Massage Envy Spa. Free blood pressure screenings will be available to anyone interested.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided to all, including bottled water, sports drinks, bagels, organic oranges, watermelon, sports nutrition protein drinks, smoothies and more.
The race is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association and is a 500-point race in the New Balance Grand Prix Series.
To register, log on to www.BerkeleyHeights5K.com and click on the register box or register in person at Smith Chiropractic, 134 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights, by Sept. 21. The registration fee is $25.
Proceeds from last
year’s event, which totaled $24.000, were divided among 20 local organizations
that provide services to residents in the community and one individual in need.