Want to celebrate health care heroes and their heroic efforts the past year and a half? Here’s a way to help honor them and raise money to support healthier communities—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. And this year, it’s going to be even more special with three ways to participate, including two live options and one virtual one. 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 honor our healthcare heroes.
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Choose how you want to participate
This annual event supports the commitment that RWJBarnabas Health and the NJ Devils uphold to work towards a healthier community by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare. This year, the live event is back on, and on October 24, you can sign up to run or have the whole family participate in the Live Wellness Walk that walks by all the animals at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. If you can’t go in person, you can still sign up and finish the race virtually, on your own time. And whatever way you participate,100% of the proceeds from the event will be used to support our essential Healthcare Heroes in their efforts to protect and build healthier communities.
“RWJBH is committed to providing our patients and their families with the most comprehensive and compassionate healthcare possible, even in the most challenging times,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “This annual event aligns with our mission of building healthier communities, and I’m excited that we are offering opportunities to participate on-site or virtually at a convenient location within your community.”
Be a part of the fun
The Live 5K Run will feature a competitive 5K race on a USATF Certified Course, down Cherry Lane and the scenic reservoir at South Mountain Recreation Complex, with registration at the Clipper Pavilion beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Wellness Walk, which will take place within Essex County’s award-winning Turtle Back Zoo, is self-paced, and participants may arrive any time between 9 a.m. and noon. Your family will love to see the New Jersey Devils popular mascot, along with several mascots from New Jersey-based Universities and pro teams cheering them on all the way. And here’s yet another reason to sign up—all registered participants of both the run and walk receive FREE entry to Turtle Back Zoo on the event day.
Can’t make it in person by still want to show your support? Download the RunGo App, and you can record your time and hear supportive messages from the New Jersey Devils players and RWJBarnabas Health patients and medical personnel. Virtual participants are also eligible for benefits and prizes, including FREE access to the Turtle Back Zoo on one day between October 25-December 31, 2021.
Ready to sign up for the race? Here’s how
Registration for the event (Live or Virtual, Run or Walk) is $30. Children 11 and under are FREE. Once registered, virtual participants can download the RunGo App in preparation to run in their neighborhood, at a local park in their community, and even on a treadmill. Awards will be presented for the top three male/female participants and the top three winners in each age category (Live & Virtual). There are also prizes for fundraising, including tickets to Devils games and more. Registration is open through midnight on 10/21. Can’t participate? You can still get in on the action of giving back by donating or contributing to someone you know that’s racing.
“The entire Devils organization is looking forward to the in-person return of the ‘Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk,’ for its fifth year,” said New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds. “Our tremendous partners at RWJBarnabas Health have structured the challenge in a way that enables the community to take on the challenge in a capacity that they are comfortable with—in-person or virtually. This event not only brings our fans, organizations, and communities together but also allows us all to reflect on the importance and impact our healthcare heroes have had in the past 18 months. It will once again be a fantastic event that coincides with the start of what is sure to be an exciting season of Devils’ hockey in October!”
This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health to help every NJMOM and their family be their healthiest.