On June 2, the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department will host the 37th Montclair Run. The event is a great way for individuals, families and runners of all abilities to support an active lifestyle while giving back to the community.
“The Montclair Run has such a community feel to it,” says Pat Brechka, the Montclair Recreation Department Director and race co-director. “It’s great to see runners and volunteers come back every year. This year, we have switched up the order of the races and there are new start times. Now, the 10K runners will race first at 8am, followed by the 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 10am. We made these changes because the longer distance runners have been requesting an earlier race start. It’s also to allow time for families to complete the race with their little ones and not have to be up so early. This year we are also sanctioned by USATF and featured in the Grand Prix so runners can earn points for competing.”
The traditions of the Montclair Run will continue next year, but without Brechka, who is retiring from the Montclair Recreation Department on July 1.
“The contributions to scholarships that Pat Brechka has helped realize through the Montclair Run are measurable in dollars yet her contributions to the community are immeasurable,” said Buddy Evans, President & CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “We will miss her greatly.”
All runners must register online by June 1 at 2pm at runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Montclair/TheMontclairRun
Price increases after May 24.
In-person registration at the YMCA of Montclair, Park Street Branch is available on Friday, May 31 from 8am-8pm and Saturday, June 1 from 10am-6pm. Same day in-person registration at the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch will be available from 6:30-9:30am on race day.
Funds raised make it possible for the YMCA of Montclair to fulfill its mission to strengthen individuals, families and community by developing spirit, mind and body. All proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Mental Health and Chronic Disease programs and scholarships for the Montclair Recreation Department. The YMCA of Montclair offers financial assistance for childcare, summer camp, membership and other programs to ensure opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The Montclair Run also makes it possible for the Montclair Recreation Department to offer scholarships for those in need in the community.
In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids and a moonwalk.
Race Day Schedule
· 6:30-9:30am Race Check-In
· 8am USATF certified 10K Run starts
· 9-11am Family Fun Activities (wellness & health fair, free sports massages, DJ, games and a moonwalk)
· 10am 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts
Awards ceremony immediately following each race.
The races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair.
This year’s presenting sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. “We love to support the YMCA and the wonderful example they set for the community,” said John Fromhold, Chief Executive Officer of Mountainside Medical Center. “The Y is a great place for people to proactively improve their health. This perfectly compliments the mission of our hospital.”
The Montclair Run is seeking volunteers to assist with the race. Volunteers help set up for the race, hand out water, direct traffic and clean up.
For further information about the Montclair Run and to sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.montclairymca.org/montclair-run/.