Event Details

Event Schedule

Saturday, April 27, 2024

  • 8 a.m. - 5K Registration

  • 9 a.m. - 5K Kicks Off

  • 9:30  - Walk Registration Opens

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Fun Fest

  • 10 a.m. - 5K Awards Ceremony

  • 10:30 a.m. - Walk Kicks Off

Event Location

The Clipper Pavilion

South Mountain Recreation Complex

5 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052

Rain or shine!

Course runs in loops around the Orange Reservoir Path. (See map: 5K starting line is south of the boat house shelter area, and finish line is at the Clipper Pavilion.) Fun Fest activities are in the Clipper Pavilion area.


Raise money for The Arc of Essex County on your own, or alongside friends and family by creating or joining a team! It's as simple as posting a link to your fundraising page on social media and asking for your friend's support. The highest fundraising individuals and team will receive prizes for their hard work!

Run Information

The Building Tomorrows 5K Race features a traffic-free, flat course that includes a double loop around the waterfront. Other features include:

  • Race t-shirt (guaranteed to runners registered by April 1)
  • Music
  • Bag check
  • Water stop
  • Post-race refreshments, entertainment, and activities

Awards Catagories:

  • 14 & Under through 65 & Older: 10-year increments
  • 1, 2, 3 overall, male and female
  • 1, 2, 3 age groups, male and female

Entry Fee

  • $30 runner fee for preregistration (online registration closes at 3 p.m. on April 24)
  • $35 on-site runner registration fee
  • Includes entry to Fun Fest

Walk Information

Our strength is powered by the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team, or come on your own to walk the beautiful waterfront loop at the South Mountain Recreation Complex. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and support The Arc of Essex County.

Individual walkers and teams are strongly encouraged to fundraise. Create a team and share why this cause means so much to you when you ask your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and classmates to support you. 


  • $10 per walker
  • Includes admission to Fun Fest
  • Guaranteed event t-shirt to those who raise $25+ prior to April 1st

Refreshment Sponsors

Fun Fest Information

Following the run and walk, stay, play, and enjoy mainstage activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Activities include a children's cooking station, interactive bubble stations, character meet and greets, and more!

Admission Fee

  • Free for all registered participants 
  • Free for children 5 years old and under
  • $5 for non-run/walk participants

Fun Fest Participants

The Arc of Essex County

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing supports and services to children and adults with Autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Address: 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Phone: 973-535-1181

Website: www.arcessex.org

All proceeds from this event directly benefit The Arc of Essex County.

For event inquiries, contact Amanda Rovner at arovner@arcessex.org or (973) 535-1181 x1227