It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that this year’s LIVE, IN PERSON Action For Distraction is being cancelled by The Foundation of 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 cancelling the live event on May 9th, we ARE keeping the event’s “Virtual 5K” option open!

                                      Virtual     

8th Annual ^ Action For Distraction 5K

The event that would have been Saturday, May 9th, 2020 in Morristown can now be done ANYWHERE!  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 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!

Wondering what makes this race so special?  

Check out Zach's video below to see why you don't want to miss this race:

FINISHER'S MEDALS FOR ALL!

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 (& Philadelphia Pretzel) waiting for you at the finish line!


FAMILY FUN

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!  Join us this year to find out what fun things we have planned for 2020!


AGE GROUP AWARDS 3-DEEP

Our age-group awards are 3 deep, both male and female in the following categories:

0-4                   30-39

5-9                   40-49

10-14                 50-59 

15-19                 60-69

20-29                  70+    

+ Overall Male/Female Winner!



 When: Saturday, May 9th, 2020

RAIN OR SHINE!!

 9:00 am TImed 5K

11:00 AM Fun 5K (untimed)

Where: Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morristown,

Kitchell Road Entrance (75 Kitchell Road)


Parking Information


Registrants should use either the Kitchell Road Parking Lot OR the lot at 475 South Street (the Morris County Parks Commission has informed us that cars parked on Kitchell Road WILL be towed).Parking Information:

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-Satellite parking will be available at 475 South Street with three buses running continuously until 1:00pm (no charge)

-You can register in person on race day!

-You can use the shuttle buses as a spectator


How much will it cost?


-$20.00 if registered before February 6th

-$25.00 if registered by April 18th

-$30.00 Late Day or Day-of Registration 

(April 19th-May 7th), and in person on Race Day

**There is an option to register for both the 9am & 11am runs for $15 more!

**$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**

Early Packet Pick-Ups


If you are pre-registered, there will be 3 packet pick-ups left for your convenience.  Only registrations received by midnight THE NIGHT BEFORE the packet pick-up will be available at that time/location (if you registered at 4pm, don't expect your packet to be there at 6pm at that night's pick-up location). You are NOT required to pick up your packet ahead of time ... packets will be available on race morning for those who pre-registered as well as for day-of registrations.


REGISTER HERE

USATF CERTIFIED COURSE

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!

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