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For Immediate Release
Nearly three hundred individual women runners and walkers are expected to join together at Thomson Park on Saturday August 28 to raise funds for and promote awareness of organizations that provide essential services to women and their children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 event was held virtually. The Jersey Shore Running Club is happy to announce a live event for 2021.
Presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club, the twenty-eighth 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 9:00am and Children's Races for Girls and Boys at approximately 10:00am. CDC protocols will be in place as applicable on race-day.
Race Day Registration begins at 8:00 am. All women in the 2021 5K will receive a high quality, women’s style wicking v-neck shirt and finishers gift; This year all finishers will receive an inspirational key chain. Entry fees are $30 before August 15, $35 after August 15 and $5 for Children's Races.
"We are very excited to be celebrating our 28th anniversary. Each year this race supports programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in both Monmouth and Ocean counties." said Penny Hinck, Race Director, 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 2021 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 $230,000 and has created greater public awareness of options and services available to women.
The Saturday in the Park event was first staged at Bodman Park in Middletown and was then held at Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College, before finding its home at Holmdel Park in 1999. For this 28th year, we are relocating to Thompson Park in Lincroft, to accommodate scheduling changes due to the delayed return of in-person running event.
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 and Windmill Restaurants.
Members of the race committee have included JSRC members and charity representatives: Jennifer Bauer, Cathy Berth, Mindy Brady, Jim Buckler, Lorraine Buckler, Dawn Ciccone, Barbara Hay, Eileen Higgins, Philip Hinck, Karen Hornberger, Elizabeth Ireland, Rachel Johnston, Bill Koch, Luann McGraw, Suzanne Parton, Joanne Sodano and Theresa Veilleux.
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 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, www.jsrc.org. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.saturdayinthepark5k.org.