Kilometers for Causes

The blog is late this week. I was much busier last week than I’ve been for almost two years…seriously! And I wasn’t ready to publish anything I had drafted. So yeah, I decided late was okay.

On Monday April 4, I started my new job. More on that another time. In addition, I was the race director for my running club’s inaugural relay race which took place last Sunday. I know. I picked a bad week to start a new job. But all was good. The week at the job went well; accomplished what I wanted to in week one and the relay was just great. Sixty people participated – not bad for a first-time event in which teams of four where required – and the club raised money. Actually a lot more more money than we did on last year’s garage sale fundraiser. So the proceeds of the event for the most part will go toward supporting club activities. Its our mission to keep people running for better health and fitness, so we’ll do more of that. But we will also make a small donation to a local charitable cause and as the event grows and we raise more money, we’ll look to make a bigger impact. I hope that you’ll consider coming out next year. To learn more, visit the event’s web page at or “Like” the event FaceBook page to be notified as soon as we have a date confirmed…and to see more pictures from this year.

So now that the spring racing season is in full swing, some of you may be trying to figure out what races to run. And as I’ve said before, it’s always good to support a worthwhile cause. Many races raise funds that support our communities and our neighbors.  Here’s a list of some events in Northern New Jersey that support worthwhile causes. It is by no means a comprehensive list, just a few races I’ve done or heard about and feel good recommending. For the complete list of this year’s New Jersey races, click here. If you’re too far away, I recommend going to the National USA Track and Field calendar to find some in your area. Do some thorough research. The race should be sanctioned by USATF and course certified. Also read reviews and find out where the money is going. Now lace up your shoes and get the whole family involved!

April 2016

16     Building Tomorrows 5k Run, Bloomfield

17     Englewood Shalom 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run, Englewood

23     Atlantic Stewardship Bank Run for Housing, 4 mile, Woodland Park

23     River Edge Run, 5k, River Edge

23     Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial Run, 5k, Saddle River

24     Radburn 5k Run/Walk/Kids’ Fun Run, Fair Lawn

May 2016

1       Rock the River-Palisades Half Marathon, 5k and 6k Trail Run, Fort Lee

1       Waldwick Chamber of Commerce 5k, Waldwick

7       3rd Annual Memorial 5k for Cancer & 1 Mile Family Run/Walk, Liberty State Park

8       35th Annual Rubin Run, 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

14     USREF 5k Rock & Roll Run for Education & 1 Mile Fun Run, Upper Saddle River

15     Run the Palisades 5k/10k, Cliffside Park

21     Our House 4 Miler, Summit

22     Miles for Mike, 5k, Pequannock

30     Fred D’elia Ridgewood Run, 10k, 5k, 1-mile Fun Run, Ridgewood

June 2016

4       Wayne AM Rotary 26th Annual 5k Run and Walk, Packannack Lake, Wayne

5       Tenafly 5k Run, Tenafly

5       Matt Fenton Memorial 5k, Little Ferry

11     The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5k Run,

12     Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation Run for Education, 10k, 5k, Woodcliff Lake

12     Rotary Day 5K, Pequannock

18     New Milford Fire Dept Run 5k & 1 Mile Road Race, New Milford

19     Westwood Dad’s Dash, 5k, Westwood

26     Tomorrows Children’s Fund “Join Hands” 5k & Mile, Overpeck, Ridgefield Park

Inaugural De Novo Harriers 4×2 Relay, Saddle River County Park, Rochelle Park, NJ, April 2016

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