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RWJBarnabas Health ‘Running with the Devils 5K Run and Wellness Walk’ at Essex County’s South Mountain Recreation Complex and Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

RWJ Barnabas Health, in collaboration with the New Jersey Devils, will host the 5th annual RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Wellness Walk” offering both live and virtual formats in 2021. The Live Run will take place on Sunday, October 24th at Essex County’s South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, while the live Wellness Walk will be held at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. The virtual format offers an extended opportunity to run or walk at a convenient location within participants’ communities from October 1st - October 24th.

100% of proceeds from the event will be used to support Healthcare Heroes in their efforts to protect and build healthier communities.

The live 5K Run will feature a competitive 5K race on a USATF Certified Course, down Cherry Lane and the scenic reservoir at South Mountain Recreation Complex. The Wellness Walk, which will take place within Essex County’s award-winning Turtle Back Zoo, is self-paced and participants may arrive any time between 9 a.m. and noon. All registered participants of both the run and walk receive FREE entry to Turtle Back Zoo on event day.

For individuals and families not available to participate in the live event, the virtual format offers the option to run or walk around your neighborhood at a local park or on a treadmill from October 1-24, using the RunGo App. Virtual participants are also eligible for benefits and prizes.


Exciting fundraising incentives are being offered for individuals and teams (live and virtual) based on benchmarks of $100, $250, $500, $1000 and $2500 highlighted by tickets to New Jersey Devils games, signed New Jersey Devils merchandise and video conferences with players and alumni, among others.  Awards will be presented for the top three male/female participants, and top three winners in each age category (Live & Virtual).

Registration is open through midnight on 10/21 at Early registration discount available through 8/31. Children 11 and under are FREE.


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