September 3, 2011 - Event begins at 9:00 AM
Holmdel Park, Holmdel, NJ
- HOLMDEL, NJ - Over 500 individual women runners and walkers are expected to join together at Holmdel Park on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend to raise funds for and promote awareness of organizations that provide essential services to women and their children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club, the eighteenth annual Saturday in the Park 5K "Women Taking Steps to Help Women" will be a fun-filled, rain or shine event featuring a Women's 5K Run and Scenic 3-Mile Walk at 9:00am and Children's Races at approximately 10:00am.
Race Day Registration begins at 8:00 am. Entry fees are $20 before August 25, $25 after August 25 and $5 for Children's Races. Participants who raise $75 or more in pledges receive free entry.
"We are very excited to be celebrating our 18th year. The main reason for celebration is knowing that this race supports programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in both Monmouth and Ocean counties." said Penny Hinck, Race Director, Jersey Shore Running Club. 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 2011 we have the beneficiary organizations of Manna House / Spring 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 $195,000 and has created greater public awareness of options and services available to women.
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 is offering two benefits to high school and youth teams. First, all members of these teams will get the special entry fee of $17 prior to August 25. Second, awards will be given to the top three teams based on their number of participants. Awards will be a contribution to their team fund: $100 to the team with the most participants, $75 to the second and $50 to the third largest number of participants.
Over the years, Saturday in the Park event sponsors have included: Charity House Foundation, Telcordia Technologies Pioneers - Chapter 99, JSRC Rundamentals Training Program, New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association, Monmouth Medical Center, Senator Sean Kean, The Parton/Bove Charitable Fund, Two River Community Bank, Food Circus, Kenney Gross Kovats & Parton, McLoone’s Running Store and Windmill Restaurants.
Members of the race committee include JSRC members and charity representatives: Cathy Berth, Mindy Brady, Lorraine Buckler, Dawn Ciccone, Marcia Fishkin, Barbara Hay, Eileen Higgins, Philip Hinck, Karen Hornberger, Elizabeth Ireland, Donna Mehler, Suzanne Parton, Luann Russell, Joanne Sodano and Theresa Veilleux.
The committee will also offer extraordinary prizes thanks to the generosity of the business community, including a grand prize drawing of a women's bicycle, compliments of Jack and 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 annually in memory of Dr. Chuck Whelan, former Saturday in the Park Race Director.
Jersey Shore Running Club is the largest running club in New Jersey with well over 1,500 members. Dedicated to both running and to the community, JSRC events support local community and charitable organizations. The club offers a variety of benefits including a monthly newsletter and an up-to-date website, www.jsrc.org. The JSRC offers the camaraderie of running with friends through its group runs. The club also offers a beginning running program for women to help them prepare to participate in the Saturday in the Park as their first 5K.