South Jersey community running and walking to support hospitalized youth

This year’s Annual Victorious 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for May 20.

The 10th Annual Victorious 5K Run/Walk will host over 300 South Jersey and Philadelphia area-based participants at Virtua Hospital on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Proceeds from the event, organized by the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF), will help benefit hospitalized children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses through the Foundation’s various Victorious 4 Teens Programs.

Since its first year in 2008, over 3,000 supporters have participated in the Victorious 5K by either doing the 5K run or one-mile walk. Newly added for this year’s event is a one-mile timed race for kids under 14-years-old.

“We wanted to give families and kids a chance to get involved and thought this would be a great opportunity,” said Gisele DiNatale, ARVF Executive Director & Co-Founder. “The community has most definitely stepped up and shown its continuing support and recognition of the unique population of adolescents in children’s hospitals.”

“I run to support a great foundation that’s doing amazing things for teens,” said Sean Murphy, an avid runner and four-time Victorious 5K race participant. “The Art Carts and Teen Lounges they fund have an immediate impact on the daily lives of the kids, which is great to see.”

“Being a Field Marshall for the 5K is extremely rewarding,” said Julia Bonomo, senior at Eastern Regional High School. “Cheering on and giving high fives to all of the runners is such a nice feeling knowing that we are all there for such a great cause. The smiles on everyone’s faces are unforgettable.”

Every year, I run with a team of my students and colleagues, and it is a constant reminder that the Victorious Foundation is for teens by teens in every possible way,” said Kimberly Dickstein, Haddonfield Memorial High School teacher.

Top race finishers in various age groups will be awarded medals and prizes with additional awards given to top overall and team captain with the most participants. Special guest appearances include Voorhees native Ali Gorman, R.N. and health watch reporter for channel 6 ABC. Morning warm-ups will be lead by the Phillie Phanatic.