RED BANK, NJ– COVID-19 may have sidelined the Red Bank Classic 5K for two years, but the charity event returns to downtown Red Bank on Saturday, June 18, with a community marching band and support for local children affected by the pandemic.
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to return for the 3.1-mile hike through Red Bank, and area residents are encouraged to cheer them on and gather afterwards for a festive block party on Monmouth Street, in the heart of the city centre.
“We are thrilled to bring the community together again for a family day of good health, fun activities and music in downtown Red Bank,” said Angela Courtney, one of the charity run founders and owner. from Sweetest Sin Boutique on Rue Blanche.
“We are also proud to support the good work of our charitable partner, the YMCA, which provides a variety of youth development programs to help Red Bank children recover from the pandemic,” Courtney said.
Organized by the Red Bank Business Alliance and the Red Bank RiverCenter, the event has raised more than $40,000 in its first two years for programs that promote the development and well-being of youth and adolescents of the borough.
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“The Red Bank Family YMCA is grateful for the financial support of the Red Bank Classic 5K, especially during these challenging times,” said Laurie Goganzer, President and CEO of YMCA of Greater Monmouth County, which serves hundreds of Red Bank families. .
“This year, the 5K donation will fund social-emotional programs to help local children recover from the stress of the pandemic, as well as free swimming lessons for Red Bank third graders at Red Bank Y,” noted Goganzer.
Glenn Carter, Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter, said area businesses and organizations can help support the community event and its charitable cause by purchasing sponsorship as follows:
> Title – $10,000
> Presentation – $5,000
> Gold level – $2,500
> Silver Level – $1,000
> Mile Marker – $500
> Downtown hub banner – $250
Carter said cash and in-kind donations are also welcome.
“The Red Bank Classic 5K is for everyone,” Carter said. “This is a unique community event that showcases our beautiful downtown and exemplifies our city’s spirit of giving and commitment to healthy living.
Race organizers are planning an enthusiastic return to 5K, sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF), which has also certified the challenging course which will start and end on Broad Street. This will count as a USATF 2022 NJ Open Women’s Championship run.
The race/walk will start at 8:30 a.m., following a collective warm-up. Strollers and dogs on a leash are welcome. The fee is $40 ($45 after June 1) and includes a t-shirt, medal, timed results and refreshments. The first 1,000 runners and walkers to register and pick up their bib will receive a gift bag.
Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to the top three women and top three men respectively. If the top female or male breaks the course record, they will receive an additional $200 prize, sponsored by Split Second Racing. The course records are: Women, 18.38.1; and Male, 16.44.1.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, 14 and under, and in 5-year age groups from 15-19. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three teams and the top four from each team. Race participants are encouraged to form teams with a minimum of four runners. Teams in the race will be scored based on the average of the top four runners from each team.
After the 5K will be held the Kids Broad Street Dash, open to children up to 12 years old. The kids’ race is $20 ($25 after June 1) and includes a t-shirt and medal.
Registration for the event is available online at www.redbankclassic.com.
For more information about the race, sponsors or volunteering, visit the race website or email [email protected]. For frequent updates, follow @RedBankClassic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.