The Resolution Run 5K Committee announced the distribution of checks totaling $9,000 to the beneficiaries of the January 1, 2014 charity event. The 3.1 mile race has been held each New Year’s Day since 2002 and is organized by the Resolutions for Others Foundation, a Hillsborough based non-profit group.
Proceeds benefit Project Graduation 2014, which is an all-night, alcohol- and drug-free celebration planned and carried out by parents and volunteers to help ensure the safety of Hillsborough's graduating class. A portion of the proceeds also benefit three pet rescue organizations, Carol’s Cats, Companion Animal Placement and Greyhounds of NJ.
This year’s race was held under partly sunny skies with temperatures that rose to about 30 degrees, according to Race Director Gary Verhoorn. On New Year’s Day, precisely at 11 am, hundreds of runners and walkers took to the streets of Hillsborough from the Peter J Biondi Municipal Building.
The highlight of this year’s race was the performance by Ashley Thomasey of Lynchburg, VA, who shattered the previous female course record in a time of 18 minutes, 52.16 seconds. She sliced over 20 seconds off the previous course record.
The male finish was especially competitive, with the top three finishing within 15 seconds of each other. Male winner was Nick Schnabel of Somerset, who finished the 3.1 mile course in a time of 17 minutes, 35.99 seconds.
Volunteers and business sponsors were essential in supporting the race. According to Dr Ron Berju, Hillsborough chiropractor and Volunteer Coordinator for the race, “Some of our volunteers have been with us all 13 years of the race, while others helped us for the first time.” Dr Berju thanked the Somerset Runners Club, student and adult volunteers from Project Graduation and others who heard about the race from its website, www.resolutionrun.org or on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/resolutionrun5k.
There were a total of 110 awards, including plaques, gift certificates and merchandise. Beside the usual awards for the best running times, awards were given to the Oldest (two 81 year olds, male and female) and Youngest (6 years old) as well as the farthest travel (London, England, 3,494 miles)
Runners were asked to supply an optional resolution. Special awards for the Most Meaningful, the Funniest and Most Original resolutions were given. All resolutions are listed on their website for the entire year. “The resolutions can be a continuing source of both enjoyment and amusement,” Verhoorn noted.
The Race Committee thanked all 600 runners and walkers who registered for the event. “Without them, the community event never would have taken place!” Verhoorn noted. He said, “All participants must pre-register and when 600 spaces fill up, registration is closed.”
Thanks were expressed to the Hillsborough Township Police Department, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad, the Township Administration, the Municipal Committee, the Board of Education and the Township Youth Services Committee and its Project Graduation Committee.
Project Graduation is planned and carried out by students, parents and community volunteers to help ensure the safety of Hillsborough’s graduating class and has been the prime beneficiary of the race since it began.
In addition to fees from runners, Business Sponsors ensure the success of the Resolution Run, and are shown below.
The Presenting Sponsor was Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC.
Platinum Sponsors this year were Hillsborough Podiatry Group and Retro Fitness of Hillsborough.
Gold Sponsors consisted of Advanced Eyecare & Vision Gallery-Dr Barbara J Tarbell, Efinger Sporting Goods, Foothill Acres Rehabilitation Center, Harlingen Veterinary Clinic, Joseph Cioce, Attorney at Law, Just Subs of Hillsborough, Koerner & Crane, Attorneys, Petrock’s Bar & Grille, Premiere College Funding, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, Schilke Construction Co., Shop Rite of Hillsborough, 10x10 Home Body Fitness and Wegman’s of Bridgewater.
The 2014 Bank Honor Role Sponsor was Financial Resources Federal Credit Union.
Patrons included Central Jersey Nurseries, Dubitsky Dental, Family Chiropractic Center, JML Landscaping, Kathleen Academy of Dance, William J Kohlhepp, Jr, Attorney At Law, Pete’s Bike & Fitness Shoppe, Powerhouse Gym of Hillsborough, Route 206 Farmer’s Market, StrengthCondition.com, Van Cleef Engineering Associates and the Women’s Club of Hillsborough.
February 18, 2014 Contact Gary Verhoorn, 908-285-0383