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Saturday in the Park Women's 5K

Sat August 24, 2024 Lincroft, NJ 07738 US Directions

2023 Press Release

For Immediate Release  - July 2023                                                     

Over two hundred individual women runners and walkers are expected to join together at Thomson Park on Saturday August 26 to raise funds for and promote awareness of organizations that provide essential services to women and their children in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties.

Presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club, the thirtieth 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 8:30am and Children's Races for Girls and Boys at approximately 9:30am. There is also a virtual 5K option for men and women who do not feel comfortable at a race setting or cannot make the live event. CDC protocols will be in place as applicable on race-day.

Race Day Registration begins at 7:30am. All women in the 2023 5K will receive a high quality, women’s style wicking v-neck shirt and a finishers medal. Entry fees are $30 before August 1, $35 after August 15 and $5 for Children's Races.

"We are very excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Each year this race supports programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in both Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties." said Penny Hinck and Barbara Vargas, Race Directors, 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 2023 our primary beneficiary is Providence House of Catholic Charities in Ocean County,” added Hinck. “Proceeds will also be distributed to Monmouth County organizations.” Since its inception, Saturday in the Park has raised over $235,000 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 offers two benefits to high school and youth athletic teams. First, all members of these teams will get the special entry fee of $25 prior to August 15. Second, awards will be given to the top three teams based on their number of participants; awards will be a contribution to team funds of the three largest teams, based on the number of participants.

Saturday in the Park event sponsors have included: McLoone’s Restaurants, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Friends of the Spring Lake Five, Damien Fertility Partners, Jersey Shore Grans Prix, Charity House Foundation, JAG-One Physical Therapy, New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association, Assemblyman Sean Kean, Two River Community Bank, Food Circus, Kenney Gross Kovats & Parton, MacGowan Agency, Shore Athletic Club, Waxing the City, Windmill Restaurants, Belmar Five Mile Run, Ellen McSorley, Jack and Diane Cheer, and Robert Galizio, Esq.

The committee will also offer extraordinary prizes thanks to the generosity of the business community. In addition, there are recognition 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.

Sponsorship opportunities and donations for giveaway items are still available. All sponsors will receive signage recognition and be highlighted on the event website. Individuals and companies may contact Penny Hinck, JSRC at (732) 233-3545; email or Barbara Vargas, JSRC at (732) 322-8664; email:

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, The JSRC offers the camaraderie of running with friends through its group runs. In past years, the club hosted Rundamentals, a beginning running program for women, to help them prepare to participate in the Saturday in the Park as their first 5K.

For more information on Saturday in the Park 5K, contact Penny Hinck at 732-233-3545: or Barbara Vargas at 732-322-8864: or visit



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