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9:00 AM: Check-in & Registration Opens at Roosevelt Intermediate School
9:50 AM: Welcome from Lindsay Schambach
10:00 AM: Memory Walk Starts
10:45 AM: 5K Kick Off by Mayor Shelley Brindle
10:50 AM: National Anthem by Franklin School Glee Club
11:00 AM: 5K Race Starts
12:15 PM: Award Ceremony
Imagine is a growing and evolving organization, that began in Westfield, NJ, and serves families from over 57 towns in NJ. Imagine provides free, year-round grief support for children and families coping with loss due to death. In addition to providing grief support at its two centers in Mountainside and Newark, Imagine provides grief education and training to schools, agencies, and workplaces, and on-site support after any traumatic loss.
One of the largest 5k’s in the area, Greta’s Run was founded in memory of Greta Schoenemann by her childhood friends Ben Nanna and Jayne Ruotolo. Greta was a Westfield High School freshman when she died from injuries sustained when a tree branch fell on her and her classmates during lunch.
This year, with the upcoming 20th anniversary of Greta’s death, Greta's Run for Imagine will be in Westfield on Sunday, May 22nd. Before the run, we will hold a Memory Walk and invite everyone in our community to participate. You can register to walk, run or both! You can also purchase a lawn sign in honor of a person in your life who has died. We will line the perimeter of this walk and the end of the run with the lawn signs of remembrance, sending a message that although our people have died, they are not forgotten – they are still with us.
We hope that you will join us and walk alongside our families, our children, and our community, and let everyone know that their loss matters, that they are not alone, and they are never forgotten.
Pick up your bib and shirt ahead of May 22 at Feet Fleet in Westfield! Fleet Feet is located at 123 Quimby St, Westfield, NJ 07090. Pick ups will be Friday 5/20 from 10AM – 12PM and 4PM - 6PM and Saturday 5/21 from 12PM – 2PM. Can't make it? No worries! Shirts and bibs will also be available for pickup on the morning of the race.