Whether you’re a serious runner or you just enjoy doing so in a more relaxed and casual fashion, there are tons of great opportunities in and around Denville, NJ. Spring fever is upon us, the winter thaw is taking place, and there are a lot of great upcoming charity races near Denville that you can partake in. Here’s a cursory look at some of the best.
Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K: The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K is a great time for anyone who wants to take on the challenge of “running underwater.” The 3.1-mile challenge takes you from the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel into New York City and then back onto the New Jersey side for the finish line. The 5K benefits Special Olympics New Jersey and the event may be one of the only times you will like to linger inside the Lincoln Tunnel tubes!
Prevent Child Abuse 5K Run/Walk: Taking place in New Brunswick on Saturday, April 18, it’s hard to imagine how anyone without feet wouldn’t want to be part of an event like this. This year the Prevent Child Abuse NJ 5K is superhero themed, filled with fun run activities, photos, and awards and prizes that will be presented to adults and children for the best superhero costume. All ages are eligible to participate. Some co-sponsors for this event include Snapple, Sigma Tau Delta, Road Runner Sports, and Starbucks New Brunswick.
Madison Education Foundation 5K: Many of us have children, have seen them grow and go off to college, or are planning on having children sometime in the future. We all have a vested interest in raising kids who will be able to take on the challenges of the 21st century and beyond for the Garden State. So it’s no surprise that the Madison Education Foundation 5K Walk/Run is such a hit.
The proceeds from this event go to awarding grants to K-12 teachers for initiatives that will light a fire beneath our kids right here in Morris County. Budgets are crunched for teachers these days, and the need for inventive thoughts inside and outside the classroom has never been stronger. The event will be held at 10 am at Madison High School on Sunday, May 3.
Whippany Fire Company 5K: Firefighters often are unsung heroes, and anyone who doesn’t see value in helping out with the Whippany Fire Company 5K may have blinders on. This annual event is a great time for everyone, and the beneficiaries is one of the best local fire departments around! Get out and get racing this May 3!
Enright Melanoma Foundation’s Race with the Ace 5K & 1 Mile Family Walk: One more awesome event to participate in on Saturday, May 9 in Parsippany is the Enright Melanoma Foundation’s 7th Annual Event. The Race with the Ace is a 5K and that event begins at 9:30 am. The 1-mile family walk begins at 10 am, and all proceeds benefit the Enright Melanoma Foundation, whose goal is to raise sun safety awareness and prevent melanoma through prevention and early detection.
These are just a few of the upcoming charity races in and around Denville this spring. If you’ve felt cooped up on your treadmill this year, you should get out and get running! You never know when the Northeast will have another winter like this past one, so getting out and enjoying the springtime all while helping local charities is pivotal!