Issue: 2.2 8-14-2017: Fall Preview

 Volume: 6 Issue: 2.2 – August 13, 2017  – Fall Preview

North Jersey Running Enthusiasts, welcome to the 2017 Fall Preview Edition of What’s on track for North Jersey. It has been an incredibly busy time for those that contribute to this newsletter so we’d first like apologize for the long pause. We will provide this preview and possibly one more edition before closing our 2017. Come 2018 this newsletter will take on an entirely new look and feel and more of a national focus. What’s on Track! Powered by Run America will make its debut in late January 2018. 
That said, the Fall is starting to shape up nicely in Northern NJ and with it, two very special events rise right to the top of our “must run” list. The infamous Apple Chase, now a 5K and 12K has been reset in Pequannock/Pompton Plains hosted at Greenview Park. The 5K will now run the notorious Run for Marge course while the 12K will extend the 5K course to Rt 23 and back. Both courses are super flat, fast and PR ready.


The event, having been on a two-year hiatus, is being brought back by its original organizers. The Chilton Medical Center and SPA23 are back where they started and from what has been discussed the Apple Chase is back for good. Be sure to mark your calendar and secure your place at the starting line by clicking the banner above and registering for this Northern NJ staple.


The New Racefaster 1/2 Marathon & 5K makes its debut this September 10th at the Garden State Plaza. This HALF Marathon is an absolute treat! Starting and finishing at the Garden State Plaza the HALF spends approximately 85% of YOUR time on the Saddle River Park Pathway (SRP). Anyone that runs in Bergen County knows how awesome and relatively flat the SRP pathway is. Runners will enter the SRP at the North end of the Rochelle Park area. The HALF traverses the pathway for roughly 5 miles before entering the oval within the Glen Rock parking area. The course then returns due South around the end of the Rochelle Park area (cutting across Railroad Ave) before heading back to the Garden State Plaza.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this inaugural history making event. It will be a run like no other and definitely one for the record books! Thos interested in joining in and/or learning more about the HALF should visit the Racefaster Half Marathon event website.




8/19 – All Cancers Suck 5K Color Run & Walk. Heart in Hand & Main Street Events NJ welcomes everyone to the All Cancers Suck 5K Color Run/Walk presented by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, iHeart Media and the Regional Cancer Care Center of Sparta. Participants will enjoy multiple Summer throws of color with tarps to roll around on, finish area color, goodie bags, finish area water misters, multiple water stops, music on site and along the course with the fellowship of runners and walkers at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Recognize those who are and have struggled with cancer with a race dedicated to the celebration of life.

8/26 – 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk In Memory of SSG Jorge Oliveira. SSG Jorge Oliveira was killed in action on October 19, 2011, during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. SSG Jorge Oliveira was not only a soldier, he was an Essex County Sheriff, serving his country in many ways. Please come out to assist in supporting/celebrating his life’s work and help raise the funds to endow the scholarships that bear his name!
9/3 – Pompton Lakes 5K Run. 37 years young!… 12 with the Pompton Lakes Recreation Department in support of Pompton Lakes Day, the P. L. 5K is ready for those that want to experience a unique hybrid-style race course. The race course traverses a number of fields, roads, and even a “pipeline” path!!!. A map of the course will be posted on race day to ensure everyone knows where they will be running!!! The course will be well marked and there will be course marshalls placed in key locations. A single water stop at the course center will keep everyone hydrated. A little cross country, trail, and mixture of roads will accommodate the palette of almost any runner. Be sure to check this one out!
9/4 – Labor Day 5K. The Labor Day 5K and their presenting sponsor, the law firm of Askin & Hooker, LLC are proud to present the 2nd Annual Labor Day 5k Run in beautiful Sussex County, NJ! The event will be held on Labor Day at the Lake Mohawk Plaza in Sparta, New Jersey. Participants can show off their speed and skills while helping to preserve natural resources by showing their support for organizations like the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation!
9/4 – Glen Rock Jaycees Arboretum Run – 5K. Come run this 30-year-old Glen Rock Jaycees Labor Day tradition. Located at the Glen Rock Pool, 390 Doremus Avenue the Arboretum run traverses through the beautiful tree-lined streets of Glen Rock capping off the morning with a kids run halfway to the “Glen Rock” and back. Be sure not to miss this Jaycee’s fun filled family event.
9/10 – Born to Run 5K. Welcome to the 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Bruce Eckrote Memorial fund. This year Born to Run 5K will support two local beneficiaries. Proceeds from the event will assist the Polifonte Family of Wayne as they continue their journey through their son Matthew’s recovery from a recent motor vehicle accident. The event will also assist in supporting the ongoing medical expenses of Coach John Zisa of the Wayne Valley High School football program, who was left paralyzed in an accident in 1980. Through the Born to Run 5K, the Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund will be able to assist these families during their time of need. Additionally, the event will continue to fund (2) Bruce Eckrote Memorial Scholarships at Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills High Schools, as well as supporting the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hackensack University Medical Center.
9/16 – Crimestoppers 5K/12K. Support those that support our safety!!! The event is being held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds and boasts the first 12K in North Jersey! Check out more about the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers and get involved!
9/16 – The Midland Park 5K, 1 Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run. The Midland Park Public Education Foundation (MPPEF) will host its 4th Annual 5K Run For Education on Saturday, September 16, 2017 (rain or shine)!  The Midland Park Public Education exists for one reason only: To raise money to fund grants that will strengthen our school system for all our children. By sharing in this goal, our community serves as a vital partner with our district administration, Board of Education, and faculty in providing the tools they need to bring academic excellence to our children. This annual event is USA Track & Field NJ Certified and kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at the DePhillips Center, 50 Dairy Street, Midland Park. A walk will follow at 9:45 a.m. and a Kid’s Fun Run for ages 6 – 10 years old will begin at 10:15 a.m.
9/17 – Let’s Move Day 5k Run/Walk. Returning for its seventh year in a row, the Wayne Seventh-day Adventist Church will be holding its 7th annual Let’s Move Day 5K Race Event. The event takes place on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM. Join us at Wayne Seventh-day Adventist Church, 218 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. For more information, download our flyer or visit our event website at
9/24 – Lederhosen 5k. A day of wellness for the entire family is what you’ll get at tha Lederhosen 5K. The annual 5k Run/Walk takes place at (on) The Legends Golf Course (paths). There are hoops and games for the youth and hops and fellowship for the adults! Participants receive an Oktoberfest Lederhosen inspired finisher medal designed in the shape of mini-stein. Admission to Oktoberfest on Race Day and complimentary Oktoberfest event parking as directed to the Mountain Creek Resort Sand Hill Parking Lot on Sand Hill Road (follow signage) are included in your entry. Save even more ($10) on run/walk registration if dressed in a Lederhosen themed outfit!! Lederhosen 5K discount given on event day. Oktoberfest is Saturday, September 23th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday run/walk day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feast on delicious foods paired with authentic German beer (for those of age). Vendors will be in on the fun as well! Enjoy 18-time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra plus a great variety of guests! Contact Mountain Creek for Oktoberfest info at 973-827-2000.
9/24 – Bulter Wilson 5K (PrincetonU). A running 5K run/walk trandition and charity fundraiser from which all funds raised are transferred directly to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Anyone can and is invited to participate! You do not need to be affiliated with Princeton University to participate. Families and children of all ages are welcome.
9/24 – Scott-A-Palooza 5K & 1 Mile Walk to Kick ALS. HARK, Inc. is hosting the Scott-A-Palooza 5K to benefiting Scott Fleming and his family. For more information on Hark please visit
Scott Fleming is 48 yrs old and living with ALS. He was a member of the US Marine Corp Reserves and an active runner and triathlete before his diagnosis in June of 2013. Scott needs extensive modifications to his home to continue living there with his wife and 3 children as his ALS progresses. All proceeds from the race will be used to help with these expenses.
10/1 – 10th Annual Skylander 5K & 10K Challenge. Save the Date for the 10th Annual Skylander 5K & 10K Challenge which will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 on the Sussex County Community College campus. These two (2) USATF-certified events include a challenging 10-kilometer race and a 5-kilometer event. Walkers are welcome in the 5K event. Proceeds benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. Contact us at 973-300-2121 or email
10/1 – Wayne Color Run. Please join the Wayne Valley Dance Team as they present their 2nd Annual Wayne Color Run Extravaganza! As those that participated last year know, this is not going to be your “run of the mill” color run! The Dance Team will be taking over Wayne Town Hall  (municipal building) AND Wayne Valley High School (black top and fields) to cover you with a host of colors… from head to toe! Local sponsors will be taking over the themed Color stations so you don’t want to miss this one… they will be taking about it til Summer time!

Wanna Sneak Peak?!?! There will be a “Tunnel of Color” to kick things off followed by three (3) additional stations where you’ll be colorized! You also do not want to forget this course makes 2 full loops sthere’ses twice the color and twice the fun as compared to your tradition color run. The Dance Team will be continuing its efforts to support the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the process. Please mark your calendar, then make your way to Wayne Town Hall (intersection of Valley Road and Preakness Ave) the 1st of October for one of the best Color Runs around!


10/7 Up Up and Away 5K 5Miler. Little Hill Foundation, Alina Lodge and Haley House are excited to offer the Second Annual – Up, Up and Away – A running event featuring 5K and 5M races in support of Little Hill Foundation. The event takes place at/on the Blairstown (New Jersey) Airport. Be sure to click the banner about or visit the event website for the absolute details!
10/7 Garfield Boilermaker 5K. A community advocate and Garfield preschool teacher, friend, and sister of the YMCA’s CEO, Susan Gallagher Colurciello passed away in May 2015 from a 3 year battle with breast cancer. This year’s event will not only raise money for the Garfield YMCA, Garfield Boilermakers High School Athletics Foundation and Veterans Day Dinner but also donate a large amount to the American Cancer Society this year! We want this year’s event to be as great as she was as a person. Please come out and help us support and honor Susan’s life, her battle, and now her spirit.
10/8 – The Seeing Eye 5K Run/Walk. Come celebrate Blindness Awareness month this October with this 2nd Annual Seeing Eye Doggy Dash Walk & 5K Run. Upgraded with a picturesque USATF Certifed course the event is truly something to “see”! Starting with our dog lovers the event will boast a six (6) category Doggy Pageant presented by Nobivac. Owners and attendees won’t need to be jealous of their pooches as there will be a costume contest just for you too! Add in a 50/50, cash and gift basket raffles, a free face and caricature painter/artist, a DJ and there’s something for everyone. The event is pulling out all the stops to ensure a good time for all walks of life!
Those looking to join the event may run or walk as an individual, or invite their friends, family or colleagues to participate in a Doggy Dash team. Turn your participation into a fundraiser and be eligible for some really nice prizes! Can’t run but want to be involved volunteering opportunities are available. Simply check out the volunteer tab on the left menu the Seeing Eye event page. Questions? Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email The Seeing Eye looks forward to bringing everyone togeher on October 8th in Lidgerwood Park, Morristown… and YES there will be puppies!
10/8LCPC Run/Walk/Cheer/5K. The event will be held at the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. Run/Walk/Cheer is a competitive 5K open to runners and walkers of all ages, with a shorter (1 mile) family course for the youngest participants. Childcare is available (infants through age four). The course begins and ends at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. Everyone is invited to a special worship service at 9 am in Center Court. The race will begin at 10:30 am. This year, net proceeds from the event will be donated to Hearts for Honduras, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and local fire/EMS.
For those that have not heard the news the 2nd Generation of the Run America mobile app is now available in the iTunes Appstore and Google Play. The Run America app is your one stop for everything “running”. Here you can refine, register and record (coming late 2017) your events. Any event that requires you to “move your feet” will be in Run America at some point soon (that is unless the event chooses not to???). Every walk, run, across all known terrains, from sea to shining sea, is destined for Run America. Run America is presently working to integrate all multisport and variety runs too! The idea behind RunAmerica is simple. Provide an app that can filter through all known events, provided a strong profile of preferences, to find the event that you want when and how you want it. The current version of Run America brings together all the events from RunSignUp, Active and Race Entry into a single interface. Runners be sure to check out the app now so you know when its time to run. Race Directors be sure to look into the Run America FREE BIB program now that Road ID has started to charge for their bibs!!!

If Linkedin is your thing have we got a Group for you! Closing in on one thousand (1000) members the Race Director & Event Promoters Group is the place to discuss anything you need to know about “managing” a run, walk, multisport or variety event! Be sure to request admittance and keep on top of what’s going on in the fast paced world of race and event promotions!

That’s it for What’s on track for North Jersey… now find a friend, a loved one, an event and get out there and run (or walk) and have some fun all while supporting a number of top notch causes and charities…  Anyone looking to provide, promote or share information for the next issue of What’s on track for North Jersey should send an email with those details outlining your contact information. Back issues of WoTFNJ can now be found under the SOCIAL menu on Gotta Run! RMMR Event Promotions Editorial Staff

Besides his philanthropic endeavors as the Passaic County Running Club (PCRC) Head, Ross Mistretta has an interest in Tristate Timing, Run America, maintains a partnership with, collaborates with a number of race directors, promoters & timers through RMMR Event Promotions and is a passionate runner just like you. He is also an IT Operations Management (ITOM) technology consultant for a well know HP, Splunk, ServiceNow, NewRelic and Nexthink Partner. He prides himself on orchestrating a “well run” and “economically fit” event… something we can all appreciate. Ross understands the challenges that fund raising present especially today. Anyone looking to contacting Ross or learning more about his endeavors can connect with him on Linkedin (please indicate that you received your invitation through this newsletter)