Over 700 Runners Came Together at The Parkinson Alliance 13th Carnegie Center 5K Fundraiser
(Kingston, NJ, September 29, 2012) The 13th annual Carnegie Center 5K (CC5K) and One Mile Fun Run to benefit The Parkinson Alliance, held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, was the most successful run since its inception. It was a record breaking year in terms of the number of participants and amount of funds raised for Parkinson’s research: over 700 registered runners and walkers, ranging in age from 5 to 81 years old, helped to fundraise over $76,000 (to date).
It is the goal of The Parkinson Alliance to continuously “… increase CC5K’s impact for those living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. By continuing this annual event which unites multiple communities; even more funds, awareness, and hope can be generated,” noted the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Carol Walton. The Parkinson Alliance also remarked that an additional number of unregistered participants (made up of local supporters, sponsors, volunteers, and event staff) attended to add to the CC5K’s largest year yet.
To stretch the impact even more, runners had the option of fundraising online for the first time. Individuals and team members “ran” with this idea, reached out to their family, friends, and colleagues, and raised over $11,000 (to date) in support of Parkinson’s research. Donations via the website before October 22nd will be credited to this year’s race.
And Race Day was incredible! U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) helped to kick-off the race and event activities. Blue skies with bright sunshine; food, donated by Eurest Dining Services and Rita’s, was plentiful; Starbucks coffee provided the runners an extra “kick;” and there were complimentary massages provided by Gentle Strength Massage Therapy. Chip timing, introduced this year for the first time, was well received by the runners. Known as a family friendly event that appeals to all ages, participants took part in the 1-mile Fun Run, and youngsters enjoyed face painting, glitter tattoos, and multiple moon bounces. Eight lucky door prize winners who will enjoy gifts from 35 local merchants were announced, followed by the distribution of race awards in various age categories.
Official 2012 5K Race Results
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“We strive to continue this CC5K’s traditions and this year was no different,” explained Carol Walton. The CC5K has made its mark by being a family friendly, go-to fall cause-oriented event in Central Jersey and its surrounding areas. As a USATF-NJ certified race, both serious and not such serious runners participate; including those who run because of their connection to the Parkinson’s community— either because they have Parkinson’s disease themselves or are running in honor or memory of someone with the disease.
"My desire to start running again and finding this race was no mere coincidence- it was preordained. The resounding amen to this notion has been the overwhelming generosity of family and friends. It is a wonderful tribute to my Mom, who has Parkinson’s disease, and my entire family is so grateful. We are so happy to be involved," noted Tom Bateman, a 2012 5K runner and fundraiser.
The 2012 King Award was presented to Platinum Sponsor, First Choice Bank. Created in memory of Joseph G. Fennelly, a generous philanthropist and long term volunteer of The Parkinson Alliance; The King Award recognized a sponsor’s dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s community. Randy Hanks, President and CEO of First Choice Bank, accepted the award.
This event could not have been achieved without the generous support of these 2012 Sponsors, some of whom have been with the race since its inception. It is their support that allows the net proceeds from this event to go to Parkinson’s research and many of their employees participate in the race.
The Parkinson Alliance thanks all CC5K and Fun Run participants, sponsors, volunteers, and donors for making 2012 the most successful year to date!
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