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In honor of the Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids, our 3rd annual 5K to Wellness is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, 2023, at Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ.
The Boys & Girls Club of Newark (BGCN) is an after-school program in Newark. We are more than an after-school program. We believe in supporting children from a holistic approach. On-site at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, we have a pediatric dental center that provides no cost to low-cost dental services to children in the community, food distributions, vision care, and social and emotional support to children who attend the program.
Our first 5K fundraiser in 2021, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic that illuminated more access to care, allowed us to hire an additional wellness support staff to expand our wellness program. In addition, last year’s event catalyzed us to launch our mental and behavioral health clinic in October 2022. With your participation, we can expand our mental and behavioral service to our members and the greater Newark community by hiring additional licensed mental health practitioners. Additionally, your support will provide families access to nutrition education, case management to address immediate daily needs and dental and vision care. BGCN requests your support to make our 3rd annual 5K to Wellness a success!
When you race with us, you will get cool stuff, too! You will receive a t-shirt and a 5K run/walk finisher medal. The race will take place on a USATF-certified course and is sanctioned.
Age Group Awards (M&F Overall Top 3, 15 & under, 16 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 +)
Join us, as we would love to take a 5K run/walk to Wellness with you!
UPDATED PARKING INFORMATION: Due to the construction of the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, parking will not be available in the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center parking lot.
Free parking is available at Clara Maas Medical Center -5 Franklin Avenue, Belleville, NJ (parking is available in the rear of the lot as parking closest to the building is reserved for patients accessing the facility for medical appointments). Once you leave the lot, cross the street towards the park to the steps that lead into the park. The Cherry Blossom Welcome Center (landmark near the start of the race) can be seen as you walk into the park after parking.
Additional free parking is available at a side parking lot at 987-1051 Franklin Ave, Newark, NJ 07107. There is a path from this lot leading into the park. You must cross the street toward the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center (a landmark near the start of the race).
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Come one, come all!!!!!
Following the race, have fun with us as we celebrate our annual Day for Kids event 11 am-3 pm. We will have music, games and much more.
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