The Inaugural Daniel Anderl "Love is Light" 5K Benefitting the Saint Joseph High School, Daniel Anderl '18 Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mon July 5 - Sat July 17 North Brunswick Community Park–North Brunswick, NJ 08902 US Directions
Registration close - donations still accepted
Mandatory prerace packet picket:
Sat, July 10th 10 am – 3 pm
Thurs, July 15th 4 pm – 8 pm
Fri, July 16th 4 pm – 8 pm
Road Runner Sports
501 Shoppes Blvd., N. Brunswick NJ

Sunday July 18, 2021


Welcome to the official page for the Inaugural Daniel Anderl Love is Light 5k!

On Saturday, July 17th, The Inaugural Daniel Anderl “Love is Light* 5K, which is a sanctioned 5K eventwill be held at the North Brunswick Community Park, commemorating the one-year anniversary of Danny’s death. The many friends of Danny Anderl from the Saint Joseph and North Brunswick communities, organized this event to continue the memory of this incredible young man.

The purpose of the “Love is Light” 5K Run/Walk is three-fold, it is intended to:

  • Honor Daniel’s legacy, who selflessly sacrificed his own life to protect his mother and father
  • Advocate to create national legislation that protects members of the judiciary, as evidenced by the signing of New Jersey Bill A1649, the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 (“Daniel's Law”) that protects the privacy and security of members of the judiciary
  • Raise funds for academic student scholarships. 
    All net proceeds from this event will fund the creation of an endowed academic scholarship in Daniel’s memory at his alma mater Saint Joseph – College Prep School in Metuchen, NJ. The Daniel Anderl ‘18 Memorial Scholarship Fund has a goal of $100,000 which will provide for an annual academic award in Danny’s name in perpetuity.
    Saint Joe’s is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible as permissible by law.
    Danny was a smart, funny, compassionate, competitive, caring and loyal person. He epitomized the “Saint Joseph Man.” He was a popular student-athlete at Saint Joseph, and graduated cum laude in 2018 with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.8 during his four years.
    Please join the Saint Joseph community and the many friends of Danny on July 17th, to celebrate his life, and to provide your support of this very worthy tribute to his name.
    If you cannot make this event in person, please join us virtually, or support us with a short walk in your community, in memory of Danny and honoring the fact that “Love is Light”.
    If you cannot make this event in any capacity, and would like to donate to this fund, you may do so by visiting the website at:  

    You may also donate by check. Make checks payable to Saint Joseph High School. Please reference the Daniel Anderl Memorial Scholarship Fund and mail to:
    Saint Joseph - College Preparatory School
    145 Plainfield Avenue 
    Metuchen, NJ 08840
    Attn: The Advancement Department 
    * The “Love is Light” 5K race was based on Esther Salas’ interview on Good Morning America last October. Nearly three months after her 20-year-old son, Daniel, was killed and her husband wounded in a heinous assault, federal judge Esther Salas said she’s relied on her faith to move forward and even found the strength to forgive his killer. In the interview, Esther Salas stated "Hate is heavy. Love is light".

To learn a little about how the 5K was inspired, please visit the Our Story tab in the menu bar.

2051 US-130
North Brunswick Community Park–North Brunswick, NJ US 08902

The first 500 registrants are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt.

Race Packet materials will be available BEFORE the race date and NOT on the day of the race.
It is MANDATORY that Race Packet materials be picked up at the location and dates below: 

Road Runner Sports
501 Shoppes Blvd.,
North Brunswick NJ  08902

Saturday – July 10th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 15th 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, July 16th 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This race is a USA TF Sanctioned event    .

The 5K course is a USA TF Certified Course.

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Important Dates

Registration Closes July 8 - Mandatory Race Packet Pick July 10, 15,16

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