run the hook 5k

+ supporting local charity, Clean Ocean Action +

HIGHLANDS, NJ - Run The Hook 5K/10K returns to one of the Jersey Shore’s most historic locations for a race to keep our oceans wild and pollution free. Peak Projects, the company behind Run The Hook, Asbury Park Santa Run, and The Brew Hop 5K & Craft Beer Festival, are pleased to announce the 2nd annual race, taking place on May 14, 2017 at Sandy Hook National Park.

With an expected attendance of over 1,500 runners, the race challenges runners and walkers of all abilities to complete a 5K or 10K course in support of local charity, Clean Ocean Action, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to restoring, improving, and protecting the water quality of New Jersey’s oceans. All runners will receive a t-shirt, finisher gift, closed scenic course in Sandy Hook National Park, chip timed results, and access to the after party with their registration. A portion of the proceeds from the race will go directly to the charity to support their work in the local community. After the race, there will be an after party nearby at a to-be-announced location to celebrate with drink specials, food, and entertainment.

Registration for the event is officially 90% sold out. Last year's event sold out in advance with over 1,000 runners attending. Those who wish to participate this year are advised to register in the next week to secure their spot for 2017. Following registration, runners have the ability to fundraise for the event via EverydayHero - with a challenge to raise $300 per runner and an overall goal of $100,000. 100% of all fundraising efforts from the platform will go to Clean Ocean Action.

Speaking about the event, Peak Projects co-founder, Joey Garofalo of Little Silver noted, "I've been supporting Clean Ocean Action since I was a kid attending their beach walks and it has always been clear that the organization places a large emphasis on community and family. With this year's event falling on Mother's Day, we encourage all of our supporters to come out and make the event a family outing. You can run with the kids or enjoy the scenic waterfront course with Mom. Either way, celebrate Mother's Day by supporting Mother Earth!"

“All waters run to the sea, and now you can run to help keep it wild and free from pollution. Run the Hook is the perfect way to celebrate good health for you and the ocean,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director ofClean Ocean Action. “This year’s run is truly a family opportunity. Bring your Mom to walk or run and together you can make it a Mother’s Day with Mother Ocean on beautiful Sandy Hook. We are so thrilled and honored to be a beneficiary of this great event.”