Running With The Devils 5K Run & Walk With RWJBarnabas Health


This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health to help every NJMOM and their family be their healthiest.

Want to celebrate healthcare workers, stay active, enjoy a family day at the zoo and do good? RWJBarnabas Health is once again teaming up with the New Jersey Devils to host their annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Wellness Walk on October 29. And this year, you can choose a race at your pace—sign up to run 5K, do a wellness walk on the day of the event, or do it virtually all month long. Plus, there’s a bonus to all participants you can’t pass up—FREE entry to the Turtle Back Zoo. Read on to learn more about how your family can join in and raise money to support healthcare workers and RWJBarnabas Health’s efforts to protect and build healthier communities.

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Choose how you want to participate

This annual event supports RWJBarnabas Health and the NJ Devils’ commitment to work towards a healthier community by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare. “Consistent exercise is such an important component to living a healthy lifestyle, and it’s truly rewarding to host a 5K run and walk alongside the New Jersey Devils, an organization that shares our mission of building healthier communities,” says Mark E. Manigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. There are two ways to participate—attend the Live 5K Run & Walk on Sunday, October 29, or go virtual. The virtual format offers the option to run or walk around a neighborhood, at a local park, or even on a treadmill from October 1–29 using the RunGo App. Virtual runners and walkers will hear custom audio messages of support and encouragement from New Jersey Devils players and RWJBarnabas Health patients via the RunGo App. Either way, you’ll get FREE access to Turtle Back Zoo—virtual participants can go anytime between October 30 and December 31, and live participants get free access on race day (October 29). 

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Be a part of the fun

Both the competitive 5K and the walk will take place along Cherry Lane and the reservoir at South Mountain Recreation Complex. On race day, New Jersey Devils alums will be joined by Devils alum character mascots, along with several mascots from New Jersey-based universities and professional teams, to cheer on the participants. All registered runners and walkers receive FREE entry to Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo on event day, with a line-up of family-friendly activities planned at the zoo post-race. Children must be registered participants of the Running with the Devils 5K Run & Walk to participate. Registration is FREE for children 11 and under.
New this year, the Get Fit with Animals at the Turtle Back Zoo debuts as an exciting enhancement to the event. Designed to promote the importance of keeping kids active while exploring the exhilarating animal exhibits at the Turtle Back Zoo, kids can perform fun physical challenges at six popular exhibits. After completing the tasks, participants will turn in their passports for a medal and a chance to win additional prizes. 

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Ready to sign up for Running with the Devils? Here’s how

Are you ready to honor healthcare workers and support a healthier community? Registration is now open for the event (Live or Virtual, Run or Walk) and is $30-$35 to participate (children 11 and under are FREE). Once registered, virtual participants can download the RunGo App to run in their neighborhood, at a local park in their community, and even on a treadmill. Fundraising incentives are being offered for individuals and teams based on benchmarks of $100, $250, $500, $1000, and $2,500, highlighted by tickets to New Jersey Devils games, signed New Jersey Devils merchandise, and the opportunity to engage with the alums, among others. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in multiple age categories (Live & Virtual).

“We are proud to partner with RWJBarnabas Health once again for the annual ‘Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk,'” says Jake Reynolds, President, New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center. “Health and wellness play a key part in the lives of our fans and communities, and we are thrilled to be a part of this tradition in offering both a live and virtual format to create an opportunity for all to participate.” 
RWJBarnabas Health Running with the Devils 5K Run & Walk is made possible in part by generous support from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey Imaging Network, Sodexo Magic, and Kayal Orthopedic Center. For more information on the event or to register for the RWJBarnabas HealthRunning with the Devils 5K Run and Walk,” please visit

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