It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that this year’s LIVE, IN PERSON Action For Distraction is being canceled by The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center out of an abundance of caution for the flu, COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses, as well as in keeping with the CDC guidelines on social distancing. While we are canceling the live event on May 9th, we ARE keeping the event’s “Virtual 5K” option open!  You can sign up through MIDNIGHT on MAY 9TH!!


8th Annual ^ Action For Distraction 5K

The event that would have been Saturday, May 9th, 2020 in Morristown can now be done ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!  Running has long been seen as a great health benefit, boosting your physical and mental health, reducing stress and more!  Our Virtual Run  allows you to practice social distancing while still supporting Goryeb Children's Hospital!  You sign up, and we'll send you your bib, finisher's medal & t-shirt (to the first 250 registered participants) in the mail!  You can do the 3.1 miles anywhere (even on your treadmill)!

You never know when illness or injury is going to strike a child in your life or the life of someone you know. The Action For Distraction 5K was started when a 10 year old from Long Valley realized the importance of being distracted while in the hospital. Zach Rice was in perfect health one minute, and spent the next two years in and out of hospitals with a rare septic hip infection and resulting Avascular Necrosis. Come support Zach, along with this year's "Face of the Race," who has recently  needed Goryeb Children's Hospital like Zach did, along with the 50,000 kids who need treatment there each year!

You're signed up, and ready to run, jog or walk!  Here's virtually all the info you need to complete The Virtual Action For Distraction 5K!  Remember, you can do your miles whenever and wherever you want to, but you can only post results from 9:00am on Saturday, May 9th - midnight on Sunday, May 17th!

How do I complete the virtual race?

We're sad that we can't do the race in person this year, but if you're wondering what makes it so special, you can check out Zach's video below to see why you don't want to miss this race, even if we have to do it virtually:

 When: whenever you want, really... 

RAIN OR SHINE... heck, you can do the 3.1 miles on your treadmill!!

 9:00 am is when we're hitting the trail ... you can do it at midnight if that works better for you!

Where: Out on the trail or road (as long as it's still allowed) or on your treadmill!

Already registered for the in-person event?

No problem!  Follow the "register here" link below to switch your registration over to the virtual race, and make sure we have your address so we can send you your bib, finisher's medal and t-shirt, along with any swag we get from our sponsors!

How much will it cost?


**$5.00 discount/registrant for groups of 4 or more, limit one discount per entry**

**Registration fee will be WAIVED to all participants who raise $50.00 or more through fundraising**

No need to worry about

Early Packet Pick-Ups!

Early packet pick-ups won't be necessary this time around ... You must pre-register, and we will send your packet to you in the mail, including any store items you purchase!


When you sign up, we'll send you your bib, finisher's medal and t-shirt!


We are so proud of you for coming out and doing something outside of your comfort zone!  Whether you're a seasoned runner who is putting another race in the books, someone trying to challenge themselves, or someone who literally has to crawl through the finish line ... we'll have an epic Finisher's medal waiting for you at the virtual finish line!


Each and every year, we pride ourselves on making this a family-friendly event filled with fun things to do for people of all ages ... we've had it all at this 5K from a face painter to a caricaturist to pony rides, to the The NJ Devils Mobile Experience Trailer! We're sad that we can't bring those things to you again this year at a live event, but we're happy to provide you something fun and healthy you can do as a family during this difficult time.


Maybe you're a seasoned runner, maybe you have to fill out logs for your new "online" gym class, or maybe you're just looking for something healthy to do while you wait for the world to go back to normal.  We've got you covered with different training programs you can follow to get you ready to complete the 3.1 miles at a run, walk or crawl! ;)

Check out our training logs here!

We'll get back there ... In case you're wondering about the official Action For Distraction 5K Course so that you can do it on your own, here it is:


The course is an easy, family friendly out-and-back course that takes you through Chatham, Harding and Morris Townships!  The course features a paved surface 3 people wide the entire length of the 1.6 mile trail that meanders through scenic woodlands!  Serious runners, casual walkers, families and strollers are all welcome!