Help “stamp out hunger” on Monday, Sept. 4.
All runners and walkers are invited to participate in the ninth annual Stamp Out Hunger 5K and 1-miler. The USTAF (U.S. Track and Field)-certified course with chip timing starts and finishes in front of the Public Safety Building at 91 Union St. in downtown Medford.
Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., followed by the 5K and One Mile start at 8:30 a.m. The annual Labor Day event, hosted by the Zallie Community Foundation, sees hundreds of walkers, weekend joggers, and competitive runners gather for a morning of fun and exercise to raise money to support the food insecure in the South Jersey area.
“September has been designated Hunger Action Month, so this event is the perfect way to kick off a month dedicated to raising money and awareness for food insecurity,” said Renee Zallie, race director. “To date, the event has donated over $190,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey, local food pantries, after-school programs, senior centers and other hunger-fighting groups that support South Jersey communities.”
The Stamp Out Hunger 5k donates all race registration fees directly to The Food Bank of South Jersey, while proceeds from event sponsorships will go to a number of South Jersey food pantries, including the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Visit stampouthunger5k.com to register, find race details and view aerial footage of the course taken from a drone. Entry fees are $35 for the 5K and $16 for the one-miler with pre-registration by Sunday, Sept 3.
Throughout the morning, Gary Pringle “the Balloon Man” from Premier Parties will provide music and balloon art for youngsters, race participants and spectators. Davis Physical Therapy will offer stretching pre-race and there will be opportunities for all participants to win prizes in a bib raffle. A complimentary continental breakfast, including bagels provided by Medford Bagel, will be available post-race.
The Zallie Community Foundation/McCarthy Weidler sponsored Stamp Out Hunger 5K and one-mile run/walk is also generously sponsored at the Diamond level by Lynmar Builders, Cold Technology, and Cento; and at the Premier level by the Medford-Vincentown Rotary and The Kenny Family Foundation.
Many local companies also sponsored the race including Merritt’s Gulf, The Running Co., Laura Bishop Communications, Jem Paving, Davis Physical Therapy, The Center for Counseling and Education, Harriett’s Energy Solutions, SCS Engineers, and Stiles Dental Care.