The City of Bayonne and Bayonne Department of Recreation will hold its 1st Annual “Bayonne 5K” and “Mayors Mile” on Saturday May 6, 2015 starting at 8:00 AM at the 16th Street Park in Bayonne, NJ. There will also be a 1 mile “Fun Run” that participants are encouraged to participate in as well. Participants of all ages and running levels are encouraged to come out and run (or walk!) Over 200 participants are expected.
According to Pete Amadeo, Supervisor of Recreation for the City of Bayonne, “The inaugural Bayonne 5K and Mayor’s Mile is an initiative of the City of Bayonne and the Division of Recreation to promote active and healthy lifestyles for all of Bayonne’s residents. We are totally on board with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” physical fitness and wellness campaign and wanted to bring it down to the local grassroots level. Encouraging our children to run is a fun, low cost and self-rewarding way to create youth involvement in physical activities, a hobby that can and will last a lifetime! Proceeds from the races will support the Bayonne Division of Recreation Youth Programs. I encourage the entire town and all of our friends from everywhere to come out run with us! Let’s make this our first annual citywide 5K and Mayors Mile program where our entire community comes out and supports each other!”
The Bayonne 5K and Mayors Mile events are open to all runners in the following categories: Male Overall – all ages; Women Overall – all ages; 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29;30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60 and over. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, and top five finishers in each of the male and female overall category, and the top 3 finishers in each age segment will receive medals. Times for the races are: Bayonne 5K – 8:00AM; Mayors Mile – 9:00 AM; Fun Run – 9:30AM.
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis is the honorary starter for all the day’s races. “Saturday June 6th is going to be a great day of racing for all of our residents and friends. It’s non-pressured and fun. Runners will be competing against all other runners, but most importantly themselves as we expect an awful lot of personal records to be shattered! We are hoping for a beautiful spring day, but will run rain or shine. It’s our first great running party!” On that note, there will be loads of fun activities and prizes and there will be live music and a DJ on hand. And as an added bonus, Pro-Triathelete Dan Feeney will be doing a talk and Q&A at packet pick up (4:00-8:00PM) at NJ Running Co in Hoboken, and then running all the races in Bayonne on Saturday. He also will run with the kids in the Fun Run. He will lead the warm up and cool down for the athletes and continue with a Q&A/meet & greet & autograph session after the race.
Runners should pre-register for the races at www.Bayonne5K.com. The fee is $25.00 per runner for the 5K, $20.00 per runner for the Mayors Mile, or you can register for both for only $30.00 (the “Double Down!” The Kids Fun Run is Free!! And if you sign up to volunteer for the race, you run for free. Email Bayonne5K@gmail.com for details.
Registration is open online until Saturday June 6th at 6:00AM and all runners are encouraged to register on line. Runners may register for the races at the race site on the morning of the race beginning at 7:00AM but there will be no multi-race discounts.
Sponsors of the First Annual Bayonne 5K and Mayors Mile include: BCB Community Bank, New Jersey Running Company Hoboken, Perk Up Café, Resnick’s Rentals, and Shoprite of Bayonne.
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