Ready set go!
TODAY – Wednesday October 2nd, Washington Park Conservancy will be hosting the Integrity House Annual Corporate 5k Run, the largest annual running event in the City. It is an exciting annual event that starts at Washington Park, goes to Lincoln Park, and returns back to Washington Park. Last year the annual event attracted over 1,600 runners, and over 2,500 individual participating in the day’s event.
The runner range in skill and experience, there are professional runners that participate as well as, your occasional hobbyist. Additionally, there are various running categories that include young, old, male and female, along with corporate teams with the best cumulative racing score. The corporate run was initially created by Blue Cross Blue Shield and is now operated by the Integrity House, a nationally recognized substance abuse rehabilitation center with locations in Newark and Secaucus. They took over the annual event and has grown it to what is today, and over the past 6 years partners with Commons Community Development Corporation and Washington Park Conservancy.
The run will begin at noon rain or shine. Registration for teams are now closed, however, individual can still register at Washington Park at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
This year’s event will feature performances by The Sugar Hill Gang, a pioneer group in the hip-hop music industry. Their song “Rapper’s Delight,” recorded in 1979, became the first hip-hop single to become a Top 40 Hit, and reach a mainstream audience. Built on a sample of Chic’s disco hit, the song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the classic hit “Good Times”. The members of the group are Wonder Mike, Master Gee and Big Bank Hank. The famous hip-hop artists, Sugar Hill Gang, will kick off the race with a performance at 11:30am. The New Jersey natives are familiar with the success of Integrity House and are donating their time for this special performance.
The race will start at 12:15pm. After the race, a selection of fresh fruit, juices and sandwiches will be served to all runners. Show your race number for admission. And don’t forget the food truck pile-up. Due to the race all food trucks will be located on Washington place, near the veteran building.
For additional Race info call:
Race Hotline: 973.376.6094
Susan Lyons: 973.623.724