The Jersey Shore Running Club will be presenting the 22nd Annual Saturday in the Park 5K race for women on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, September 5, 2015. A field of some five hundred women is anticipated to participate. The event benefits organizations that provide essential services to women and their children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The event is dubbed “Women Taking Steps to Help Women” as it is a woman’s only race. It promises to be a fun-filled day featuring the 5K Run and Scenic 3-Mile Walk at 9:00 a.m. and Children’s Races at approximately 10:00 a.m. The event will be held “rain or shine”. Race Day Registration begins at 8:00 am. Entry fees are $25 before August 28, $30 after August 28 and $5 for Children’s Races. Participants who raise $75 or more in pledges receive free entry. All women in the 2015 5K will receive a high quality, women’s style wicking v-neck shirt, goody bag and finishers gift.
Saturday, September 5, 9 a.m. 5k, Saturday in the Park, Holmdel, New Jersey
According to Race Director, Penny Hinck of the Club and Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, “We are very excited to be celebrating our 22nd year. The main reason for celebration is knowing that this race annually supports programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in both Monmouth and Ocean counties.” Past participants of Saturday in the Park have consistently remarked about how they have been touched by the ceremony at the start of the race when the runners and walkers join hands and realize the need for all of us to come together to support these “safe harbors” for women and their families. “For 2015 we have the beneficiary organizations of Manna House of Cliffwood Beach, and Providence House of Catholic Charities in Ocean County,” added Hinck. Since its inception, Saturday in the Park has raised over $212,000 and has created greater public awareness of options and services available to women.
The Saturday in the Park event was first staged at Bodman Park in Middletown, and was then held at Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College, before finding its home at Holmdel Park in 1999. For this 22nd year, organizers are extending free entry to any previous-year champion, and are reaching out to past participants to see how many years they may have participated, planning to recognize those who have participated most frequently; contact the race at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K has enjoyed enthusiastic support from many girls’ high school and youth athletic teams. To show our appreciation to these teams and to encourage continued support of SIP and the race’s beneficiaries, the race offers two benefits to high school and youth athletic teams. First, all members of these teams will get the special entry fee of $20 prior to August 28. Second, awards will be given to the top three teams based on their number of participants; awards will be a contribution to team funds of the three largest teams, based on the number of participants.
Saturday in the Park event sponsors include: Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Friends of the Spring Lake Five, Charity House Foundation, New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association, Assemblyman Sean Kean, Two River Community Bank, Food Circus, Kenney Gross Kovats & Parton, MacGowan Agency, Shore Athletic Club and Windmill Restaurants.
Members of the race committee include JSRC members and charity representatives: Cathy Berth, Mindy Brady, Jim Buckler, Lorraine Buckler, Dawn Ciccone, Lisa Gazzara, Barbara Hay, Eileen Higgins, Philip Hinck, Karen Hornberger, Elizabeth Ireland, Luann McGraw, Suzanne Parton, Joanne Sodano and Theresa Veilleux.
The event will some offer extraordinary prizes thanks to the generosity of the business community, including a grand prize drawing of a women’s bicycle, compliments of Jack & Diane Cheer and Brielle Cyclery; kids’ race drawings, compliments of race committee members; and unique awards for all category winners. The Mary Conry Memorial Award will be presented to the first JSRC member to finish. Mary was a member of the JSRC and the Saturday in the Park Race Committee. A recognition award is presented in memory of Dr. Chuck Whelan, former Saturday in the Park Race Director. Sponsorship opportunities and donations for “goodie” bag items are still available. All sponsors will receive signage recognition and be highlighted in the event program. Individuals and companies may contact Penny Hinck, JSRC at (732) 571-2162 or email: email@example.com.
Article on last years event – Photos – Results
Coming in first at that finish line last year was Lauren Rome of Howell, New Jersey in a time of 19:19. She was in the lead pack most of the way and broke away from the field. It is the first time she has won the event. Lauren was followed by Kristin Andrews of Manalapan in 19:41 and then 14 year old Alyssa Aldida of Linwood in 20:20.
For more information on Saturday in the Park 5K, contact Penny Hinck at 732-571-2162 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.saturdayinthepark5k.org. Runners have lots of opportunities coming up in the next several weeks to include:
Saturday, September 5, 8:30 a.m. 5K, Stop, Drop and Run a 5K, Barnegat, New Jersey
Sunday, September 6, Netcong Day 5K, Netcong, New Jersey
Monday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. 5K, Pier House 5K, Long Branch, New Jersey
Monday, September 7, 5K, 33rd Annual Verona Labor Day Classic, Verona, New Jersey
Monday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. 5K, Eatontown Labor Day 5k, Eatontown, New Jersey
Friday, September 11, 6 p.m. 9-11 Memorial Run, Belmar, New Jersey
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. 10K, Brielle Day 10K, Brielle, New Jersey
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. 4 Miles, CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth County 4 Mile Run, Ocean county Park, Lakewood, New Jersey
Saturday, September 12, 5k, Midland Park Public Education Foundation’s 2nd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Walk, Midland Park, New Jersey
Saturday, September 12, 2nd Annual Princeton HealthCare System 5 Mile Race, 1 Mile Fun Walk, Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday, September 12, 5K, Tommy’s House 5K, Saddle River, New Jersey
Sunday – September 13, 10 a.m, Kids Races 11 a.m. – Jersey Shore University Medical Center 5k ($3,000 prize money), Neptune, New Jersey 2015 Meridian Heart and Sole Cup, Web Page
Sunday, September 13, 10K, 10K Run for Healthy Kids, Newark, New Jersey
Sunday, September 13, 13.1 Miles, Run the Reservoir, Westwood, New Jersey
Saturday, September 19 9:00 a.m. 5K, Ocean Grove 5K, Ocean Grove, New Jersey Register on Line
Saturday, September 19, 5K, Blue Jay 5K, Lakewood, New Jersey
Sunday, September 20, 13.1 Miles, Liberty Half Marathon, Jersey City, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. 5k, John Hogan Memorial 5K, Harry Weight Lake, Whiting, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 a.m. 5k, Race for Respect, Seaside Park, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 5K, NF Walk and Run, Lincroft, New Jersey
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. 5k, Keyport-fest 5k, Keyport, New Jersey
Sunday, September 27, 1 Mile at 9 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m. Tutu 5K, Wall, New Jersey
Sunday, September 27, 5K, Race to Outrun Hunger, Edison, New Jersey
More upcoming events can be found on the RunCollege web site.