The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has declared September “Go Gold Month” to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and support National. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month It is very appropriate that the Third Annual Mya’s Run for Gold be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Joe Palaia Park in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
In 1997 gold was chosen as the ribbon color for universal awareness of pediatric cancer, with the objective of putting a spotlight on the types of cancer that affect children, survivorship issues, and the importance of raising funds for research and family support.
Sunday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. 1 mile color fun run, 10 a.m. 5K, Mya's Run for Gold, Joe Palia Park, Ocean, New Jersey
It is a mostly flat and fast course through the jogging path in the park. New this year will be a One Mile Color Fun Run that should be lots of fun for all.
The event’s first year in 2012 was a benefit for 8 year old Mya Terry of Ocean Township who at the time was courageously battling childhood cancer. Tragically, Mya on April 10, 2013 lost her battle with cancer.
The organizers led by Jim and Cate Foley of Ocean Township decided to keep the memory of Mya alive and strive to help others who are battling childhood cancer. The Mya Lin Terry Foundation was established in her honor. Read more about Mya.
Last year the event drew a large field of over 500 participants.
In last year’s race coming in first overall and for the men was Joe Pawlish of Asbury Park in a time of 17:48. He was followed by Dan Rosenblatt of Ocean Township in 18:40 and then Conner Dorney of Ocean Township in 18:50 to round out the top three finishers
For the women coming in first was Michele Chalak of Ocean Township in 20:19. Michele was followed by Madeline Kopec of West Long Branch in 21:32 and then Grace Wells also of Ocean Township in 22:35 as the top three women finishers.
Runners and walkers are all invited to participate and can get more information and sign up here.
More events can be found on the race calendar.