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Blue Claws 5K this Sunday
Blue Claws 5K this Sunday

The Annual Blue Claws Barnabas Health 5K Run in the Park will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at First Energy Park in Lakewood, N.J.

Blue Claws 5K this Sunday

Sunday, April 13, 5k, Blue Claws 5k, Lakewood, N.J.

The 5K and One Mile races start in front of the stadium which is the home of the Blue Claws Minor League baseball team an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The finish for both events is inside the stadium. Runners will enter through the right field foul pole and made their way around the warning track and finished in front of cheering family and friends near home plate. Buster the Team Mascot will be at the start and finish to encourage and congratulate the runners.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the Great Lawn of First Energy Park. The One-Mile Fun Run begins at 10 am with the 5K Race following at 10:30 am. That day's Blue Claws game follows at 1 pm and all runners will receive a ticket to the game.

According to Jean M. Flaherty, Director of Marketing and Physician Services for Barnabas Health, "This event has brought out people of all ages and fitness levels in the past, and we expect a bigger and better turnout this year. The Fun Run/Walk provides a non-competitive platform for people to get moving in a way that is beneficial to their health. All participating runners will receive a ticket to that afternoon's Blue Claws game against Hagerstown(1:05 p.m. first pitch), and all pre-registered runners will receive a Blue Claws 5K t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top three male and top three female finishers. The top three finishers in each of the five age groups will also receive awards."

Article on last year’s races - One Mile Photos - 5K Photos

Coming in first for the men last year was Craig Segal of Highlands, N.J. and Runners High of Freehold in a time of 15:22. He was followed by Tim Murphy of Morristown in a time of 17:16 and then John Welsh of Millburn in 17:30.

On the women’s side in 2013 it was Amy Bernstein of East Windsor breaking the tape in 19:50 followed by Francesca Jacobs of Toms River in 20:25 and then Katherine Chinery of Whiting in 20:39.

Also on the calendar for this weekend are:

Saturday, April 12, 5k, 10 a.m. Lake Como 5k, Lake Como, N.J. Lake Como 5K is a Perfect 10

Sunday, April 13, 10 K Race Walk at 9 a.m. and 5k at 10:30 a.m. 49th Annual Captain Ron Zinn Memorial Races, Wall Municipal Complex, Wall, N.J. Article

More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.

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