Event Details

Event Information

Race Day - Saturday, April 27th

Event Schedule

8:00am - 5K Registration
9:00am - 5K Kicks Off
9:15am - Walk Registration
10:00am - 5K Awards Ceremony
10:15am - Walk Kicks Off
10:30am-1:00pm - Fun Fest

Discounted admission to the Turtle Back Zoo after the event with proof of attendance.

Registration Fees

Runner
Feb 1 – April 17: $25.00 with promo code "EARLY"
After April 18:  $30.00

Walker
Raise $25 or more for Complimentary Admission to Fun Fest and Event T-Shirt

Fun Fest
5 years of age and under: Free
5 years of age and older:  $5.00

NEW this year are "I Support The Arc Because..." signs to pin to the back of your event t-shirt. Let people know why you are running, walking, or participating in the event this year. Tell your story!

T-Shirt signs will be available the day of the event at the registration table. Print yours ahead of time by clicking the "T-Shirt Sign" button above.

5K Runner Information

Course Information

Double loop race on a flat and scenic route around a beautiful lake.

  • Gun & Chip Timing
  • Split Times
  • Digital Race Results
  • Water Station on Course

Additional Information

  • Warm up before the race with Zumba by instructor Jaquetta 
  • Free bag check to store your belongings
  • Bagels, fruit, water, coffee, and other light refreshments provided
  • Leashed, well-behaved dogs allowed
  • Strollers permitted at the back of the start line
  • Complimentary Event T-shirt and Fun Fest Admission
  • Music and entertainment for all ages
  • Grab your free race doughnut off the doughnut wall when you cross the finish line!

Awards Catagory

Gather your friends, family, and coworkers to join the #BuildingTomorrows 5K run! The age groups are in 10 year increments, starting at 14 and under through 75 and over.

The following runners will receive a medal during the 5K Awards Ceremony at 10:00am:

  • Top three overall male
  • Top three overall female
  • Top three male and female in each age group

Cross the Finish Line for a Sweet Treat!

Reward yourself at the finish line with a donut courtesy of Off the Wall Donuts

Walker Information

Why walk alone? Grab your friends, family, and coworkers and create a team as you walk in support of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

  • Flat, accessible walk route
  • Strollers and leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Bagels, fruit, water, coffee, and other light refreshments (while supplies last)
  • Food truck with food items for sale
  • Raise $25+ for a free event t-shirt and Fun Fest admission

Fun Fest

The Fun Fest portion of the event is where families gather after the run and walk to enjoy interactive activities, food, music, and more! 

Fun Fest Admission: $5 (children 5 years and younger are free)

2019 Fun Fest Vendors

Bayer "Making Science Make Sense"

  • Alka-Rocket Experiment
  • Bow Tie and Butterfly Chromatology Experiment

Community Food Bank

  • Kid's Cookie Decorating Station

Face Painting

  • Face Art by Jan

Goodwin's Good Time Photo Booth

Lyric Performing Arts Center

  • Pet Rock Creation

L3 Academy

  • Slime 
  • Bracelets

NPD Bat-Man and Bat-maro

  • Bat-man Meet-and-Greet with his Bat-maro car

Once Upon a Princess

  • Meet-and-Greet with Rapunzel

Victoria's Sand Art Treasures

Musical Entertainment by:

  • Dancing DJs
  • Six Sharp Band
  • Parties by Dylan & Company featuring Mr. Jon

Directions to the Clipper Pavilion

Address: 5 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ

From Northfield Avenue West (with the zoo on your left hand side): Pass the South Mountain Recreation Complex on your left and quickly after the gas station on the right hand side, bear right onto Warnick Lane. Make a left at the stop sign onto Pleasant Valley Way staying in the center or left lanes. Pleasant Valley Way will turn into Cherry Lane. Once you make a left onto Pleasant Valley you will hit a light (that intersection will be Northfield Ave) go through the light (McLoone’s will be on your left hand side). The event and parking will be on your right, approximately ¼ - ½ a mile.

From Northfield Avenue East:  Approaching the Northfield Ave./Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane intersection (where McLoone’s is located) turn immediate right onto Cherry Lane.  The event and parking will be on your right, approximately ¼ - ½ a mile.

From 280:  Take exit 7 for Pleasant Valley Way towards West Orange.  At the Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane/ Northfield Ave. intersection (where McLoone’s is located) proceed straight on Pleasant Valley Way which becomes Cherry Lane.  The event and parking will be on your right, approximately ¼ - ½ a mile.

From South Orange Avenue:  Turn onto Brookside Drive (north towards Turtle Back Zoo).  Brookside Drive turns into Cherry Lane.  The event and parking will be on your left, approximately ¼ - ½ a mile.

Event Parking

FREE parking located across the street in the grass lot. Please follow signs that say "General Event Parking"

Ample Handicap-Accessible parking available in handicap lot located directly across the street from the Clipper Pavilion. Please have your handicap placard or plates visible for the parking lot attendants. 

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 Maria Meizoso at mmeizoso@arcessex.org or (973) 535-1181 x1227.