Thanksgiving doesn’t begin in Glen Ridge until the annual Ashenfelter 8K Classic to start the day. It’s not too late to register and join the community race on Thursday!
The Ashenfelter 8K honors Olympian and Glen Ridge resident Horace Ashenfelter who won the steeple chase event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The Ashenfelter begins at 9 am and is open to everyone… walkers, joggers, runners and racers. To date, the Ashenfelter 8K Classic has raised over $100K for the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation.
For younger runners, and those of us who prefer to limit our running to 1 mile, the Tom Fleming Mile, named in honor of local marathon sensation Tom Fleming, begins at 8:15 am. There will be first place male and female trophies in age groups 1 – 18 plus an overall winners given out at the awards ceremony at 10:30 am in the high school gym.
To ensure the safety of the runners, the Glen Ridge PD will enforce road closures on Ridgewood Avenue, between Sunset Avenue and Carteret Street, as well as the entire length of Forest Avenue, south of Sunset Avenue, and Hawthorne Avenue between Washington Street and Carteret Street. See map below course route. Please plan ahead to accommodate the road closures as roads will be CLOSED to all traffic and there will be strict, zero tolerance, enforcement to ensure the safety of the runners and personnel. Residents are reminded to not move these barricades nor drive on the closed roadways, or a summons will be issued:
Race Day Registration and Race Packet Pick-up: Race Day Registration($35 for 8K and $22 for Tom Fleming Mile) and Pre-Registered Race Packet Pick-up will be at the Glen Ridge High School, 200 Ridgewood Avenue, on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd from 5-8 pm and on Race Day, beginning at 7:00 am. T-Shirts are limited to the first 2,200 pre-registered runners. Sizing is on a first come, first serve basis. We recommend, and appreciate, arriving early.