More than an Annual 5K: 13th Carnegie Center 5K and One Mile Fun Run to Take Place in Princeton, NJ
For Immediate Release
(Kingston, NJ, June 22, 2012) – The Parkinson Alliance® announced the date of the 2012 Carnegie Center 5K and One Mile Fun Run (CC5K), which will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, establishing its 13th year in the Princeton community.
Since its inception, this road race has made its mark by offering an abundance of amenities to runners, as well as to the general Central New Jersey community. In addition to a USATF Certified 5K, the CC5K draws the community together to support the cause of Parkinson’s disease. 100% of net proceeds raised will go to research. A One Mile Fun Run and post-race activities are also offered, for those who are looking for a cause-oriented fall event, for all ages.
Two new amenities are being introduced by The Parkinson Alliance: one of which will be an upgrade to the 5K race course; the other coincides with its mission to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research. The 5K will offer chip timing, which will uniquely identify and score runners as they cross the Finish Line. Secondly, all registered participants will have access to their very own, runner’s/fundraising webpage, which will serve a dual purpose. Personal webpages can be used by runners to (1) let their network know about their participation, and (2) fundraise for Parkinson’s research.
In 2011, over 600 registered participants, with runners from the age of five through 77, raised closed to $70,000. Hundreds of unregistered participants attended to root for family and friends running in the event, or to support the Parkinson’s community. “For The Parkinson Alliance, this is proof that the CC5K is made up of both runners and the local community who want to take action. The addition of chip timing will only have positive impact on the CC5K. To those who are participating because of their connection to the Parkinson’s community, online fundraising is now an option to be able to make a difference for their loved one with Parkinson’s,” noted Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance.
While new additions have been announced, The Parkinson Alliance still expects traditions to continue, predicting that the 2012 CC5K will be another gathering of runners and walkers, with teams made up of family, friends, and co-workers. Post-race activities will include a Kids’ Zone with moonbounces, clown, and face painter; refreshments; DJ; and door prizes featuring items donated by local merchants. All Fun Run participants will receive medals, and awards will be presented to the 5K’s top 3 teams, and top 3 male and female in various age categories.
At the 13th CC5K, the 2012 King Award will be presented to First Choice Bank. Created in memory of Joseph G. Fennelly, a generous philanthropist and long term volunteer of The Parkinson Alliance, The King Award recognizes a sponsor’s dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s community. Randy Hanks, President and CEO of First Choice Bank, will receive the award. First Choice Bank became the first community bank to open in the area in 40 years, when it opened its first branch in Lawrenceville in 2007. They are also a host to an Annual Golf Outing which raises proceeds to benefit local non-profits, including The Parkinson Alliance.
The CC5K offers corporate sponsorship opportunities, starting at the $500 community level.
To register and join the race activities, go to www.cc5K12.kintera.org or call 800-579-8440 / 609-688-0870.
About The Parkinson Alliance®
The Kingston, NJ based national non-profit organization is dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Alliance (PA) is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk®, the signature annual event held in New York’s Central Park. Local events include Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s, Chair Yoga for those with Parkinson’s, and Princeton Dance for Parkinson. PA is committed to helping improve the quality of life of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) patients and their caregivers through self-report patient surveys. Fundraising occurs all year via marathon and 5K events by Team Parkinson®. Additional information can be found on www.ParkinsonAlliance.org.