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)!


Check out Zach's interview with Steve Adubato from September 27th, 2016 

 after winning the National Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Check out Ken Goryeb's video from the 2016 Action For Distraction 5K

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Eyewitness News This Morning

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2019 Student Research Foundation

2nd Place Award

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Zachary Rice

West Morris Central High School - Chester, NJ Class of 2020

2016 National Prudential ​

Spirit of Community Award

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 2016 National Hasbro Community Action Hero

Check out the article from Points of Light

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2014 New Jersey State

Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service

Service to Youth Award

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National Kohl's Cares Scholarship


Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome, according to Kohl’s. Zach was one of 10 winners the were selected from more than 37,000 youth nominees nationwide for their volunteer efforts.

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